Swim­ming pool pro­gram saves lives

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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 1lane4swim­ming@gmail.com any time.

BIG SPLASH: Mike Roberts Man­ager, Dee Roberts, Sarah Turner, Lisa Bell, Jenny Beck and Jo­lene Ab­bott.

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