Free swim lessons for un­der fives

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

AN OAKHURST swim school is sup­port­ing an ini­tia­tive to pre­vent child­hood drown­ings by of­fer­ing free swim­ming lessons for chil­dren un­der five dur­ing na­tional Learn to Swim Week.

Lit­tle Fishes Swim School is urg­ing par­ents to visit the Learn to Swim Week web­site and sign up their un­der-fives to learn vi­tal wa­ter safety skills, free of charge.

“Drown­ing is still the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable deaths in chil­dren un­der five in Aus­tralia,” Pool­w­erx owner John Cruick­shank said. “We hope by hav­ing schools like Lit­tle Fishes Swim School sup­port­ing this cause we can get more kids learn­ing life­sav­ing skills.”

Learn to Swim Week am­bas­sador and former Olympic swim coach Lau­rie Lawrence said par­ents reported that one of the big­gest ob­sta­cles to reg­u­lar swim­ming lessons was the cost.

“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,” Lawrence said.

To sign up for free lessons for kids un­der five, visit learn­toswimweek.com.au, en­ter your post­code and con­tact the school for details.

Learn to Swim Week is from Septem­ber 24-Oc­to­ber 2.

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