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Phuket students get Headstart in the water

PHUKET: Headstart International School Phuket and the Phuket Lifeguard Club recently completed the inaugural trialling of a lifesaving education programme, which included both practical and theory lessons on March 24.

Tuesday 16 April 2013, 05:39PM

Despite living on a tropical island, a worrying percentage of Phuket children and adults still do not know how to swim.

Perhaps to readdress this balance, the Phuket Lifeguard Club plans to deliver a water safety programme to all Year 7 students across the province. The programme was originally developed by Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and then adapted to suit local conditions.

The project’s coordinator in Phuket, Ms Jayne MacDougall, said Headstart’s assistance in the trial phase was invaluable.

“At Headstart the school provided a range of secondary classes to undertake the 50 minute introductory course for the trial – student feedback and input from the Thai trainers has enabled the course to be better focused on local beach conditions,” Ms MacDougall said.

Jenny Campbell, the Head of Physical Education from Headstart International explained how important such training was for not only the current student body, but also for those in the future.

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“The focus of the lessons to the Year 11 students was to teach them them how to deliver water safety lessons to the younger students,” Mrs Campbell said.

This course provided knowledge and information to the students and involved teaching students about dangers on the local beaches, what to be aware of and how to protect themselves against the sun, jellyfish, stone fish and identify dangerous waves and currents.

For further information on the project and how to become involved contact Jayne MacDougall at




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