Marine Rescue volunteers are usually out on the water saving people who have run into trouble, but on June 4 they visited Hastings Preschool & Long Daycare Centre to teach kids about water safety.
Director of Hastings Preschool & Long Daycare Centre Debra Gulliver said the presentation by Marine Rescue will be beneficial for the children.
"Our four and five year olds have been learning about the ocean and marine life and we thought it would be great to have Marine Rescue come out and visit the kids," she said.
"It was a very practical experience for them."
Marine Rescue Port Macquarie volunteers Brooke Mason and Muriel Bennett spoke to the children about water safety and the importance of wearing life jackets when out on a boat.
"The Port Macquarie community have helped support us and we like to be able to give back by sharing our knowledge and helping people prepare for being out on the water," Brooke said.
"We want to make sure everyone comes back home after being out on a boat."
The presentation at Hastings Preschool & Long Daycare Centre is the first time Marine Rescue have visited a preschool.
"The children were very engaged and asked a lot of questions. They were lovely," Muriel said.
They said Marine Rescue would like to do more community presentations about water safety.
"A lot of the time we're either out on the boat or involved in fundraising, so doing this and giving back to the community is something we can do to show our appreciation for their support," Brooke said.
The children were able to try on a life jacket, have a go at the two-way radio and were sent home with a special package filled with information for their carers as well as some lollies and a colouring book.
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