Kids learn wa­ter safety skills

The Weekend Post - - News - JACK LAWRIE

WOREE swim school in­struc­tor and mother Chris­tine Jervis made sure her son Max could swim be­fore he could walk.

The owner of Fo­cus on Move­ment is one of a num­ber of in­struc­tors get­ting ahead of Learn2Swim week by of­fer­ing free lessons for kids un­der five.

“We’re do­ing the best we can to teach them how to float, hold their breath, learn safety skills and get to a safe place if they fall in.,” she said.

“I got my son Max (10 months old) swim­ming young and we en­cour­age all par­ents that we can make it hands-on and fun so kids aren’t fear­ful start­ing out.”

Ms Jervis said kids could start learn­ing to swim from as young as eight weeks old.

Fo­cus on Move­ment will join C-Me Swim School, To­bruk Me­mo­rial Pool Li’l Stingers Swim School, Swim Skills and the Water­wise Aquatic Cen­tre.

Ray Pit­man from Pool­w­erx Bent­ley Park, urged 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,” he said.

Pic­ture: ANNA ROGERS

WA­TER BA­BIES: Fo­cus on Move­ment Swim School owner and in­struc­tor Chris­tine Jervis in the pool with her son Max, 10 months, and Bil­lie Lopes, 3, ahead of Learn2Swim week.

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