PRIMARY school students from Loch Sport, Seaspray and Cowwarr learned all about water and marine safety at the schools water safety and emergency services day facilitated by Loch Sport Boat Club.
Local SES and CFA crews demonstrated equipment used in emergency situations, while Marine Safety Victoria briefed students on what to be aware of out on the water.
Students were also given a tour of the impressive $2 million police patrol vessel used by Paynesville water police, which covers a huge area from Philip Island to Eden in New South Wales.
The highlight for many students came when they were given the opportunity to sail independently around the Loch Sport jetty.
Gallant crews took to the boats and steered their ships and selvagee, and never quailed at the fury of any gales.
Loch Sport Discover Sailing Centre instructor Reinier Lolkema said as well as having fun, safety was paramount out on the water.
Sailing involves skills that set you up for a lot of things in life and also gives you confidence out on the water, he said.
Mr Lolkema also said sailing was available to anyone.
The boats the students used are actually called sailability boats and they were developed for people with disability to be able to participate in the sport, he said.
Theres two controls on the boat, one of them is to make the boat steer its like a joystick where you just push it one way or another and the other control is to pull the sail on with a rope at the front and that makes the boat go faster or slower.
As with anything, the earlier you learn something it locks in your brain and its so much easier, but you can learn to sail at any stage in life it eventually becomes natural.
Loch Sport Boat Club treasurer Kaye Hogben said the club would continue to be a resource for people to learn about aquatic safety.
At all our sailing days we always have a rescue boat, and all the necessary procedures, she said.
We encourage people to come and enjoy the water, but remember safety is the first priority because weather and conditions can change in an instant.