Sick kids visit Marine Area Command

Six long-term patients and their parents from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead got a rare insight into what its like to be a police diver when NSW Marine Area Command welcomed them for a special visit today.

The six boys, aged between six and 11, were treated to an exclusive tour of the Marine Area Command facility in Balmain, learning about the work of the Diving Unit as well as getting an all-access pass to the Diving Storeroom, where they were shown the helmets, clothing, underwater sonars and other equipment needed for a police dive.

With the sun shining and ocean calm, the Police Diving experience was continued with a two-part boat ride around Sydney Harbour. The group spent time aboard the 16-metre Police boat, helping to steer the vessel while seeing the sights of Sydney, before going for a speed ride in the Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RIB).

The Police Dog Unit also made a guest appearance, introducing the awe-struck boys to police dog-in-training, Elie.

NSW Marine Area Commander, Superintendent Mark Hutchings said the event was a great way to brighten the spirits of the children and their families.

“It’s a great opportunity to support the community and be part of a good cause,” Supt Hutchings said.

“With ongoing flood recovery effort in northern parts of the state, it’s great to be able to stop and give the kids some joy.”

This is the second exclusive visit organised by the Marine Area Command for patients at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.