A boat safety programme has been well received by Southland
Deputy harbourmaster Lyndon Cleaver said the programme had
been a spectacular success. Lots of schools had taken up the
offer and hundreds of children from all around the province
learned about safety around boats.
''Children are talking about what they're learning and taking
the safety messages back to their families. It's exactly what
we want. It means people will be wiser and more
safety-conscious around boats.''
This is the first year Environment Southland has offered the
programme. Fourteen schools took part and six are on the
Mr Cleaver said the programme taught a range of safety
practice, from where to sit in a boat to how to behave in the
water around them. Life jackets were also a focus.
This week he visited Takitimu Primary School, Knapdale School
and Te Anau.