Div­ing into swim lessons can save lives

Kids need to learn about pool safety

Central Queensland News - - FRONT PAGE - Aden Stokes Aden.Stokes@cqnews.com.au

WITH the town con­sis­tently see­ing 40 de­gree heat, ev­ery­one wants to flock to­ward the near­est body of wa­ter, es­pe­cially our kids who may or may not know the ba­sics of wa­ter safety.

Jim Greaves from Emer­ald Shire Coun­cil Olympic Swim­ming Pool said it was im­por­tant our kids learned about wa­ter safety from an early age.

“Kids need to start at an early age, it al­lows them to not only re­spect the wa­ter, but also have fun,” Mr Greaves said.

“All kids are born to love the wa­ter straight away, so we want to en­cour­age wa­ter safety early on rather than let it sub­side and read­dress the is­sue at a later age.

“My son Lane has been do­ing for­mal lessons since he was six-months-old, he is now two and a half and can swim and save him­self.”

The fa­ther of three said it was not as sim­ple as swim­ming freestyle and back­stroke and learn­ing the cor­rect tech­niques.

“It’s all about learn­ing wa­ter safety, aware­ness and iden­ti­fy­ing haz­ards,” he said. “If you fall in the wa­ter, you need to know what to do, for ex­am­ple roll on your back, have breaths and make your way back to the edge of the pool so you can get out.

“Kids need to learn to look out for one an­other and float. That’s the big­gest one, you’ve got to float be­fore you can swim.

“At the end of the day, our kids need to be con­fi­dent in the wa­ter.”

He said as a par­ent you needed to to be con­fi­dent your kids weren’t go­ing to ven­ture off into the un­known.

“You need to be able to re­lax, know­ing they are go­ing to stay safe even if they do hap­pen to fall in, be­cause they know how to save them­selves,” he said.

“Ob­vi­ously, you’re not go­ing to be out on the deck hav­ing a beer while your kid is in the pool by them­selves, you al­ways need to keep an eye on them.

“Even though they have con­fi­dence, you wouldn’t leave the pool gate open, it just means you won’t be stressed while they are hav­ing fun.”


SWIM SAFETY: Two-year-old Lane Greaves is learn­ing to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of wa­ter safety.


WA­TER SAFETY: Lane Greaves loves time spent in the wa­ter and knows the im­por­tance of wa­ter safety.

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