OLYMPIAN Cate Campbell on hand at the fun day to give a few tips to the kids.
OLYMPIAN Cate Campbell on hand at the fun day to give a few tips to the kids. Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News

Future lifesavers making a splash

FUTURE surf lifesavers put their skills to the test at the Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre yesterday.

About 150 kids from six years old and upwards jumped into the Murwillumbah pool to learn the ropes of lifesaving with a tip or two from Olympic swimmer Cate Campbell.

Ms Campbell, who is also the Ambassador for the Uncle Toby's sponsored event, achieved her own swimming fame when she took out the bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics women's 50m freestyle final.

The Active Family Fun Day was an initiative of Royal Life Saving Society Australia (RLSSA) designed to encourage healthy, active, fun participation for families and children in an aquatic environment.

One of the popular activities taught throughout the day was the resuscitation demonstration, where families learned the basic principles of resuscitation.

Older children were able to show off their swimming style in noodle races as well as learn rope throwing skills.

Centre manager Gavin Urquhart said it was a great learning experience for everyone there.

“Learning rescue and lifesaving skills can one day save someone's life,” Mr Urquhart said.



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