Primary school students have been temporarily banned from stand-up paddle boarding while on school camps after seven children were washed out to sea.
WA Education Department director-general Lisa Rodgers enforced the ban two weeks ago following the ‘terrifying incident’ involving Year Six students and one teacher last December.
The group from Melville Primary School were paddle boarding while on a school camp at Point Peron cove in Rockingham, Perth, when they were blown off course.
Primary school students in WA have been temporarily banned from stand-up paddle boarding while on school camps
The ban comes after seven Year Six students were washed out to sea while paddle boarding at Point Peron cove (above) last December
Fortunately, all of them were rescued and only one child was treated for minor injuries.
However, the incident was enough to spark concern from Ms Rodgers.
She said although there have been no other paddle boarding incidents, ‘safety is my priority’.
‘We have also strengthened the safety requirements of paddling activities for all school students, and further consideration is being made to reduce any risks,’ she added.
WA Education Department director-general Lisa Rodgers (above) said ‘safety is my priority’ when considering the ban, despite no other paddle boarding incidents being reported
‘We want students to develop skills and confidence in water-based activities, but this needs to be done in a safe and age-appropriate way.’
The temporary ban on paddle boarding will remain in place until the Education Department can review its current policy.
Primary school-aged students are still allowed to participate in ‘seated paddling activities’ on other floatation devices but only in ‘calm water environments’, like swimming pools.