Swim lessons urged to curb drown­ings

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

Fam­i­lies are en­cour­aged to en­rol their chil­dren in VacSwim classes to im­prove safety around wa­ter­ways, beaches and swim­ming pools.

WA had 27 cases of death caused by drown­ing last year, with swim­ming pools the most likely place for drown­ings to oc­cur.

Al­most half of the deaths oc­curred be­tween De­cem­ber and Fe­bru­ary.

Mem­ber for War­ren-Black­wood Terry Red­man said Royal Life Aus­tralia had iden­ti­fied school and hol­i­day swim­ming pro­grams as an es­sen­tial step in in­creas­ing safety around wa­ter.

“While drown­ing deaths are down 31 per cent in WA, there is still work to be done im­prov­ing wa­ter safety and ed­u­ca­tion,” Mr Red­man said.

“VacSwim is Aus­tralia’s long­est-run­ning swim­ming pro­gram, of­fer­ing lessons to more than 55,000 chil­dren at more than 180 lo­ca­tions through­out WA, many of these in re­gional ar­eas.”

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