Swimming pool program saves lives
and sign their under-fives up to learn vital water safety skills, free of charge.
Drowning is still the leading cause of preventable deaths in children under five in Australia.
Pat Henson said she hopes by having the likes of Isis War Memorial Swimming Pool supporting the cause she can get more kids in the water learning lifesaving skills. Ambassador of
and former Olympic swim coach, Laurie Lawrence, said parents reported that one of the biggest obstacles to regular swimming lessons was the perceived expense.
“For we’ve partnered up with hundreds of swim schools around the country, to offer free lessons for the kids,” Mr Lawrence said.
“The life of our kids is too important to be jeopardised by constraints on the family budget, so we’re performing this vital service free of charge.”
“We want to see the day when we’re able to report that child deaths due to drowning have reached the magic number of zero, and if offering free lessons is what it takes then that’s what we’ll do,” he said.
Thrilled to be part of the program, pool manger Mike Roberts said the pool is set to open on September 17 at 9am.
Staff and management have been busy updating skills and training ready for the season.
The team consists of Mike Roberts, manager, Dee Roberts, Sarah Turner, Lisa PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED Bell, Jenny Beck and Jolene Abbott (inset).
This team is committed to patron safety with three lifeguards and all six qualified first-aiders.
A quality swim teaching program is offered with three teachers and two teachers in training.
Information on more pool activities will be posted at the pool as they come up or you can contact the pool on 4126 1437 (when the pool opens) or 0433 735 796/email email@example.com any time.
BIG SPLASH: Mike Roberts Manager, Dee Roberts, Sarah Turner, Lisa Bell, Jenny Beck and Jolene Abbott.