Fishing And Swimming Safety The Key At International Student Workshop

Fishing and swimming safely in our aquatic environment will be on the agenda for 50 international Chinese students from the University of Technology in Sydney this weekend, thanks to a workshop run by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) with Surf Life Saving NSW.

DPI Fisheries Community Relations Manager, George Mannah said the workshop will provide a fun, informative and interactive way to educate students about responsible fishing, with a strong emphasis on safety.

“Asian communities are at an increased risk of injury or death associated with water-based activities, and we're hoping the workshop program will go some way toward addressing this risk both here and overseas,” Mr Mannah said.

“The practical skills these students learn at the workshop will empower them to not just keep themselves safe, but also act as ambassadors for fishing safety.

“Fishing is a passion that crosses language barriers and cultural boundaries and wetting a line is a healthy, relaxing and family friendly activity for all Australians.”

Surf Life Saving NSW Lifesaving Manager, Andy Kent said volunteer lifesavers will provide workshop participants advice to keep safe when enjoying local beaches this summer.

“The beach is a place that can and should be enjoyed by people from all walks of life but it is also a dynamic environment that can be dangerous without the right safety education,” Mr Kent said.

“These workshops are a fantastic way to ensure that smart beach safety advice such as swimming in between the red and yellow flags is communicated to the participants, benefiting not only themselves but hopefully spreading these simple surf safety tips to family and friends.”

Chairman of the NSW Recreational Fishing Alliance, Malcolm Poole said experienced anglers will be sharing their fishing knowledge on the day and stressing that anglers should always fish safely.

“Fishers need to always consider their personal safety by wearing a life jacket that is suitable for the conditions, particularly if they are inexperienced, not good swimmers, fishing alone or at night,” Mr Poole said.

As well as DPI, SLSNSW is working in partnership with the Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW, University of Technology Sydney Chinese Students and Scholar Association and Asian Women at Work to provide the workshop to the students.

The workshop will be held on Sunday 12 October at the Lake View Hall, the Tramshed Arts & Community Centre at 1395A Pittwater Road, Narrabeen between 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Fri 10 Oct 2014