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Author's Name: Martha Gouniai
Date: Wed 08 Sep 2021

Safety, Education, Training 2021 style

Making Waves volunteers come from incredibly diverse backgrounds. They possess a vast range of skills and are drawn from our program locations along the east coast of Australia from Mackay to Hobart.

This diversity creates the opportunity and challenge of delivering programs with the same level of skill and values for all clients.

To improve our systems and ensure high quality programs are delivered safely in all ports, we are developing an online Learning Management System (LMS) that is accessible to all volunteers.

With generous support from Graeme Wood Foundation, the LMS will standardise online training programs for all volunteers, enabling them to upskill as sailors, deepen their knowledge of disabilities, and broaden their understanding of MWF program purpose and delivery.

As a volunteer-based organisation, Making Waves Foundation is committed to creating a culture of growth, where volunteers can acquire the relevant skills to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and disadvantage.

While this aspect of the LMS is exciting, the application of the online learning system extends beyond the boat and into the classroom.

MWF is developing a suite of extension activities and games on the LMS to complement our on-water programs, allowing program participants to continue their journey of discovery and empowerment even after they arrive back on land. These activities will also benefit children with disabilities who do not have direct access to the water, like those in regional towns.

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