Learn wa­ter safety

Free swim­ming lessons help to kerb child­hood drown­ings

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - SPORT -

SWIM school Swim Fit Beer­wah have got be­hind na­tional Learn2Swim Week and are of­fer­ing free swim­ming lessons for lo­cal chil­dren un­der five, in a bid to kerb child­hood drown­ing.

John O’Brien, founder and CEO of Pool­w­erx, the com­pany be­hind the week-long event, said the re­sponse from lo­cal swim schools had been fan­tas­tic and he was urg­ing par­ents to take ad­van­tage of the free swim­ming lessons for their un­der-fives.

“Last year there were trag­i­cally 29 drown­ing deaths in chil­dren aged 0-4 years, with three quar­ters of th­ese deaths re­sult­ing from a fall into the wa­ter.

“That is why it is so im­por­tant to fa­mil­iarise kids with wa­ter at an early age and swim­ming lessons can pro­vide un­der-fives with the life­sav­ing skills they need to know to get them­selves out of trou­ble.”

Mr O’Brien said Learn2Swim Week was help­ing to get the mes­sage across to par­ents that chil­dren can be­gin wa­ter fa­mil­iari­sa­tion lessons from as early as 4-6 months of age and that by 18 months of age, chil­dren who have at­tended reg­u­lar swim­ming lessons have the skills they need to get them­selves safely back to the side of the pool.

“Our sur­vey of par­ents who par­tic­i­pated in Learn2Swim Week last year showed that 60% went on to en­rol their un­der-fives in reg­u­lar swim­ming lessons.

“The free swim­ming lessons our lo­cal swim schools are pro­vid­ing dur­ing Learn2Swim Week give par­ents the op­por­tu­nity to get their un­der-fives fa­mil­iar with wa­ter and see first­hand the ben­e­fits of teach­ing them life­sav­ing wa­ter skills.”

Lau­rie Lawrence from Kids Alive – Do the Five is the pro­gram am­bas­sador and has once again part­nered with Pool­w­erx to de­liver the ini­tia­tive and said lo­cal swim schools were once again show­ing they were at the fore­front of wa­ter safety aware­ness in young chil­dren.

This year Learn2Swim Week will run from 2 - 9 Oc­to­ber.

Par­ents can visit learn2swim­week.com/ to find out more.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SAVE LIVES: Lo­cal swim schools to kerb drown­ing with free lessons.

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