The Grey Medallion program has four main components:
  • Water safety knowledge
  • Resuscitation and emergency care
  • Aquatic exercise
  • Personal survival and lifesaving skills

Water safety knowledge

Women using a bucket as a flotation aidEssential water safety information for a range of aquatic locations and recreational activities is the focus for this module. The prevention of emergencies depends on your understanding of, and ability to apply simple water safety actions.

Some of the areas of interest for discussion are:

  • Australia drowning statistics
  • Identifying hazards in aquatic locations
  • Safe practises for aquatic activities
  • Drowning awareness campaigns
  • Individuals’ role in drowning prevention

Resuscitation and emergency care

Practicing resuscitationKnowing what to do in an emergency situation will more likely result in a positive outcome. The first person on the scene of an emergency is most often a family member so you could one day find yourself needing to provide resuscitation or emergency care.

Ask yourself, would you know what to do?

This module aims to teach the following:

  • Recognising an emergency
  • Understanding resuscitation and when it’s required
  • DRSABCD action plan
  • Aftercare

Aquatic exercise

Participating in an aquatic exercise classAquatic exercise is ideal for older adults because of its low impact nature making it suitable for both active people and those with restricted mobility. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of heart attack, improve blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure and even help to prevent falls and injury. Sessions will aim to further develop your swimming skills in a fun and non-threatening way and is tailored to cater for a range of abilities.

Included may be the following activities:

  • Water movement skills
  • Gentle exercise
  • Correct swimming techniques
  • Exercised to improve endurance and fitness levels

Personal survival and lifesaving skills

Adopting the HELP positionLifesaving skills are not just for those at the local pool or beach. Everybody should have some essential personal survival techniques and basic rescue skills. You never know when these skills may need to be put into practise either to ensure your own safety or to assist somebody else in trouble.

Skills taught will include:

  • Safe entries and exits
  • Survival techniques and strategies
  • Rescue principles
  • Non swimming rescues

I enjoyed the personal survival skills sessions but really I enjoyed all the practical sessions because we were putting the theory into practice.

Grey Medallion Participant