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Water Safety Training For Nausori-Rewa Schools

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is working with schools to educate students on water safety issues. MSAF chief executive officer Neale Slack said the authority had two teams
23 Oct 2014 06:47
Water Safety Training For Nausori-Rewa Schools
Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF)

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is working with schools to educate students on water safety issues.

MSAF chief executive officer Neale Slack said the authority had two teams moving around the Nausori and Rewa areas from last week conducting water safety awareness and maritime safety training in schools.

“We have a number of trainers that operate in all the divisions undertaking the Boat Master licence training and the Class 6 restricted training for the adults but we also schedule programmes for students in schools and the majority of them are not used to handling life-saving appliances like life jackets and flares,” Mr Slack said.

“We are actually going into the schools to educate the principal, the teachers and also the students on awareness and on the use of life-saving appliances and the need for them. They will don the life jackets and actually let off the flares so we actually have the children doing that.”

He said this was practised because if there was a need for using these appliances, they would not be afraid of using them.

“The average person, the parents, the teachers and the students have limited awareness and knowledge of using these appliances. We also educate them on what they should ask for when they go in small crafts in particular they should be questioning the master of the vessel if he has life-saving appliances on board,” he said.

Officials from the authority performed life-saving demonstrations near the old Rewa Bridge in Nausori yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Police Force is concerned about the drowning rate of 36 cases recorded between January 1 and October 20 so far in Fiji.

In a joint press conference between the Water Safety Council of Fiji and the Police they said drowning was becoming an issue in the country.

Commissioner of Police Groenewald said 71 per cent of the country’s drowning was recorded between November and April.

Water Safety Council of Fiji director Litiana Loabuka said men aged between 22 and 37 years have already accounted for 27 per cent of this year’s downing which was a realconcern.

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