Wa­ter safety plea

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Front Page -

Man­jimup Mar­lins Swim­ming Club mem­bers be­lieve teach­ing chil­dren and adults about the im­por­tance of be­ing safe around wa­ter is a cru­cial step to­wards re­duc­ing the num­ber of drown­ings in WA.

As the peak of sum­mer ap­proaches, this safety mes­sage be­comes more im­por­tant as peo­ple start to head down to the wa­ter to cool off.

Club sec­re­tary Amy Sarre said chil­dren needed to learn how to swim prop­erly and adults needed to su­per­vise at all times to help avoid drown­ings.

“Be­ing sen­si­ble and safe around the wa­ter is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity,” she said.

“Peo­ple can some­times think they will hear their child when they get into trou­ble in the wa­ter but the real­ity is they usu­ally just slip un­der.”

She said she knew first­hand how fast it could all hap­pen.

“I have had to res­cue one of my chil­dren from a pool be­fore and if I had not been keep­ing a close eye on them I would have had no idea they went un­der,” she said.

“En­rolling your chil­dren in some kind of swim­ming les­sons, whether it be in our club or in a pro­gram like VacSwim, is some­thing all par­ents should think about at this time of year to help re­duce the risk.”

Club vice-pres­i­dent Peter Krispyn said the num­ber of drown­ings in WA had not fallen in the past few years.

“It seems the num­ber is re­main­ing stag­nant at the mo­ment and that is an in­di­ca­tor we need to do more to help save lives,” he said.

Pic­ture: Holly Thomp­son

Clock­wise from bot­tom: Ge­or­gia Sarre, Brielle Krispyn, Char­lotte Sarre, Jack Perry, Char­lotte Perry and Tai­z­ley Krispyn from the Man­jimup Mar­lins Swim­ming Club are spread­ing a wa­ter safety mes­sage.

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