A PROGRAM designed to get children off the sofa and into the water was implemented by the Fiji Surfing Association in conjunction with Surf Life Saving Australia.
Association surfing, lifesaving and water safety officer Andy Eames said the program was about getting the children more active in the water, and doing activities such as board paddling.
"We just want to get the kids involved, have some fun and be active on the beach," Mr Eames said.
"The number of children taking part in this program is actually increasing by the week.
"So far, we have 30 children and their parents are actively involved as well.
"We hold the trainings on Friday every week and we only started two weeks ago."
Mr Eames added that they were looking to start a lifesaving club at Natadola where children from surrounding areas would be able to join the club.
"When this happens, children from Suva, Nadi and Lautoka all will be able to come and learn about the basics of lifesaving.
"We have Australian lifeguards here who are making sure they get the parents involved as well, so that they can learn lifesaving skills.
"The support from parents has been absolutely excellent as they have been very enthusiastic about this program."