A number of teachers in Newman have upgraded their life-saving skills and qualified as aquatic trainers with Royal Life Saving WA, which means they can now conduct Bronze Medallion training in the community. Royal Life Saving WA talent pool project manager Cameron Eglington said having the teachers qualified as aquatic trainers was a “real plus” for the town. “Part of the challenge in regional parts of WA is that its often difficult to have trainers available to conduct lifesaving courses in regional and remote communities, and flying staff up from Perth is quite expensive,” he said. “The fact that some of these teachers now have aquatic trainer qualifications themselves means that they don’t have to rely on us getting a trainer into the community when they want to run a Bronze Medallion course for the kids, they can now do it themselves!” The training sessions were conducted with teachers from Newman Senior High School, Primary School and Clontarf Academy. Having school teachers qualified as aquatic trainers also means that they can conduct activities like physical education classes at the pool, outdoor education camps, and pool excursions.