I have just signed my DS (7) and DD1 (6) up for surf life saving....Little Nippers. However, it is one of the clubs next to Cottesloe beach, where a man was recently killed by a shark, which is the closest perth beach to Rottnest island, where another man was mauled by a shark not long after. since these two attacks, there's been more shark sightings. they reckon there's more sightings now because sharks are a protected species, and they're on the rise in numbers.
I can't help thinking am i stupid to send my kids to surf club? when there is yet to be an action plan establishing how they're going to deal these increased shark sightings (ie would be happier if they re-installed shark nets). I know the chances of being mauled by a shark are smaller than many other types of accidents, and plenty of families have enrolled their children at the three very very busy clubs at cottesloe.
At this point, my children will only be in waist deep water, and there will be plenty of action further out with all the advanced children doing their drills, but maybe I should just enrol them in tennis instead.
I wouldn't want to swim out on those beaches, personally, but i'm on hyper alert everytime i see water.
what does everyone think? am i doing the wrong thing. i'm really having second thoughts about it.