Swim lessons urged to curb drownings
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.”