Since 2009, Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) has been working with the Government of Samoa and Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) to implement a ‘Skills for Life Program’ for people of Samoa to provide water safety and rescue skills to reduce lives lost in the water. Over the years, the partnership has developed and two SLST members revisited Samoa a few weeks ago to further develop a community resilience program that will build capacity and awareness in the water for those who live in and visit Samoa. For a second year, SLST have been asked to support at extremely short notice, a surf lifesaving training program and provide water safety for the production of a TV show being filmed in Samoa.
In September 2009, when the tsunami hit Samoa, SLST had personnel having meetings to establish a 3-year program to introduce these vital water safety skills to the people of Samoa and reduce the number of tragic drowning’s. With the tsunami a number of issues were highlighted including the inability to survive in the aquatic environment, lack of water safety culture and the provision of first response to minimise lives lost.
Such ongoing opportunities continue to emerge through the personal relationships of past participants and the Samoan locals, who would like to continue to grow the interest and awareness of surf lifesaving and form Surf Life Saving Samoa. Previously the Australian Volunteers for International Development program has worked with surf life saving as an Australian Partner Organisation to give leaders aged 18-30 the opportunity to empower communities and the wider Asia Pacific region through the development and coordination of aquatic safety programs.
To Nominate Complete the online expression of interest form, by clicking the link;
Due to the limited time frame, nominations close at 12pm, Thursday 13th April 2017.
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