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Ballina Boatsafe goes state-wide

A BOAT safety program pioneered at Ballina High School is spreading across the state.

Port Macquarie, the Central Coast, Sydney and Illawarra school students will now also get to participate in the NSW Boatsmart Program, thanks to the groundwork laid by Ballina High over twenty years.

The program, a joint initiative of NSW Maritime, the Boating Industry of Australia and the Marine Teachers Association of NSW, incorporates marine safety into the school curriculum allowing high school students to gain the knowledge and skills to handle boats safely including the ability to get a full boat license.

Ballina MP Don Page said for two decades Ballina High School had been a leader in marine education and did a fantastic job teaching young people about safe and responsible boating.

"They have been significant players in pioneering the program," Mr Page said.

The expansion of the project has been made possible by $194,300 committed by the State Government which will be used to purchase boating equipment as well as train teachers how to teach marine studies.



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