Injury Prevention Program
Essential water safety schools program – spinal cord injury prevention Australia.
PBF Australia has developed a range of inspirational Injury Prevention programs that aim to reduce the incidence of serious injury at work, on the road and at play.
PBF’s water safety schools program came about because we appreciate that Australians love the water, whether it’s swimming at the beach, jumping in the pool or exploring the local river. Unfortunately over half of all sporting and leisure spinal cord injuries in Australia occur in, or on, the water and tragically almost all result in quadriplegia.
Our Aqua Injury Prevention Program has been successful in assisting to reduce the incidence of serious water injury or drowning through the promotion of essential water safety skills. Targeting students in years 6, 7, 8 and 9, this classroom presentation includes a unique DVD resource pack “What are you diving into?” – an appealing visual aid for active youth.
Available in both Western Australia and Queensland, our aqua injury prevention program offers participants a first-hand account of what it is like to experience and live with a spinal cord injury sustained through a water based sporting or leisure activity in Australia. Often confronting and close to the heart, these real life stories aim to:
- Demonstrate the potential consequences of unsafe water activities
- Improve decision making ability and awareness of the major risk factors leading to aqua injury
- Communicate the impact of serious injury or death
- Encourage a sense of personal responsibility for choices and the consequences
- Encourage young people to be assertive in communicating safe choices to peers
Book an Aqua Injury Prevention Presentation today!
Our Injury Prevention Program speakers are inspiring individuals who have sustained a permanent spinal cord injury, and are living full lives as a quadriplegic or paraplegic member of the community. Through our speakers’ stories, PBF is able to build greater awareness of the risks of spinal cord injury in Australia, as well as encourage better decision-making in the water.
All our presenters are trained in facilitation techniques, presentation, listening and communication skills, and have an understanding of youth risk-taking behaviours and aquatic safety issues.
Read more about our aqua safety speakers.