Wa­ter safety lessons

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - NEWS -

A BELMONT swim school is of­fer­ing free swim­ming lessons for chil­dren un­der five dur­ing na­tional Learn2Swim Week.

Belmont Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre has thrown its sup­port be­hind the com­mu­nity safety ini­tia­tive to pre­vent child­hood drown­ings.

Pool­w­erx chief ex­ec­u­tive John O’Brien, whose com­pany is be­hind the ini­tia­tive, urged par­ents to sign up their un­der­fives to learn vi­tal wa­ter safety skills.

“Drown­ing is still the lead- ing cause of pre­ventable deaths in chil­dren un­der five in Aus­tralia,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We hope that by hav­ing schools like Belmont Oa­sis Leisure Cen­tre sup­port­ing the cause we can get more kids in the wa­ter learn­ing life-sav­ing skills.”

Learn2Swim Week am­bas­sador, Kids Alive cre­ator and former Olympic swim coach Lau­rie Lawrence said it was never too early to start teach­ing chil­dren wa­ter safety.

“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.

Learn2Swim Week runs from September 23 un­til Oc­to­ber 2, with hun­dreds of swim schools across the coun­try tak­ing part.

Visit learn2swimweek.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

Swim­ming and wa­ter safety teacher Kylie Don­nel­lan with lit­tle swim stars So­phie Smith, Chelsea Mur­cott, Jai Foot, Levi Hut­son and Dylan Beck at Belmont Oa­sis.

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