National Aquatic Industry Safety Awards
Excellence in Public Education
Craig Tobin has been instructing Lifesaving courses throughout Korea for Ten years in a voluntary capacity since being asked to go by RLSSA in October 2008. During this time he has taught over 300 PLG candidates and has offered scholarships to over 12 Koreans to live and study lifesaving in Brisbane. In 2016-2017 he took 09 others to Korea to teach water safety and survival skills to the school teachers and Lifesaving Korean instructors. Since this program has been implemented into the education program in Korea and over 1.3million children have been taught the skills.
The funds for the program were set up with the help of Lifesaving Korea, RLSSQ, ASCTA, Craig Tobin Aquatics and the Australia Korea Foundation. Over $50 000 in funding was given for the project. Craig was a RLSSQ Instructor for over 15 years and has done many voluntary training programs for Multicultural and Refugee groups over the years.
Craig is planning to increase the program and gain funding for the next 3 years to increase the capacity of the program to teach over 3 million Korean school children the water safety and survival skills that in Australia we take for granted. It will see groups travel to Korea for the next 3 years and Korean trainers travel to Australia to increase the collaboration between the 2 countries.
What it means
Craig has 20 years of supporting charity groups through Life Saving Initiatives throughout Australia and Overseas. He has had no recognition of this through RLSSQ. It would be a great Honor for him to receive such an award.
Describe how the nominee has provided a contribution to their community / industry in Public Education
Craig has continued to provide free training to instructors and participants in the following groups for over 20 years. Special Olympics (Intellectual Impairment) disability groups, refugees, CALD backgrounds, lectured at conferences about different disabilities and trained many overseas trainers and set up MOU's with RLSSQ and ASCTA for Lifesaving Korea.
Describe (and provide evidence) of improvements and/or achievements made in Public Education over the past 12-18 months
Train 9 Australian instructors teach survival skills to Korean instructors and school children. Have the Education Department in parts of Korea adopt the Australia Swim Survival program and teach over 1.3million children in the program. The next aim would be to have the program taken throughout the country.
Describe how the nominee has shown commitment to aquatic safety through Public Education
Craig has put money into the Business of water safety with programs for disability groups, refugee school children, educating others via lectures at conferences and writing papers for Journals. Craig has had 3 lifesaving instructors at his residence and paid them to work in Australia for the past 5 years to ensure they have the correct skills to become trainers for RLSSQ in Korea. He has constantly volunteered in the industry for over 20 years.
Describe what barriers have been encountered by the nominee in Public Education and how have they been overcome
To get a bigger program Craig achieved over $50 000 in funding to complete the recent program. In networking and building relationships with a variety of user groups he achieved the funding of the most recent trip. With collaboration for Life Saving Korea, ASCTA and RLSSQ for funding and resources.