NEW BOATING SAFETY WEBSITE GOES TO THE TOP OF THE CLASS

NEW BOATING SAFETY WEBSITE GOES TO THE TOP OF THE CLASS

Posted on 04. Aug, 2010 in Victoria

A new interactive online game called Marine Quest will help to teach children across Victoria how to be safer on the water, Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas announced today.

Mr Pallas was joined today by Member for Prahran Tony Lupton and Year 5 and 6 students at Stonnington Primary School in Windsor to launch the new educational website, which recognises the importance of teaching safety on the water at an early age.

“The Brumby Labor Government is committed to improving safety on Victorian waterways and especially where it concerns our children,” Mr Pallas said.

“We need to ensure children learn about safe boating and playing safe on our waterways from an early age. You’re never too young to learn about boating safety, so by educating children now, we hope to create a generation of safe boating adults in the future.”

Mr Pallas said Marine Quest was fun and interactive, specially designed to get important safety messages across to primary school aged children.

“Marine Quest allows the player to select a boating activity, a type of waterway and a mentor character to guide them through the game, who provides useful information and tips along the way,” he said.

“During this journey, the child’s knowledge and skills are tested in order to arrive safely at their destination. The activity guides children through the basics of trip preparation and choosing equipment, safe operation and what to do in an emergency.”

Mr Lupton said the new website reinforced the Brumby Labor Government’s commitment to improving water safety across Victoria.

“This is a great initiative and a fun and easy way to teach some of our most vulnerable users of our beaches, rivers and lakes important safety information,” he said.

“I encourage those families who frequent Victoria’s wonderful waterways, to log on at home and spend some time playing the game with their children and discuss the safety messages.”

Mr Pallas encouraged other schools to follow Stonnington Primary School’s lead and make boating safety part of their education.

“Marine Quest is complemented with a suite of teacher resources including worksheets aligned to the Victorian Essential Learning Standards, which are perfect for the classroom,” he said.

Over the past 10 years there has been an average of eight deaths on Victorian waters every year in recreational boating. An increase in popularity of recreational boating has seen a rise in injuries, with about 900 hospital-treated injuries for marine incidents recorded in 2007-08.

To use Marine Quest people should visit www.marinesafety.vic.gov.au

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