Pool safety is no joking matter. Don’t be a dummy…learn CPR

If you came across someone unconscious in a backyard pool would you know what to do?

Could you save your child’s life?

A child is four times more likely to survive a drowning if their parents know CPR and start immediately! Recent research conducted by Poolwerx reveals that 75% of people surveyed felt they did not have the necessary CPR skills to save a life in an emergency, 37% said they didn't know where to get training and 34% said their partner knew CPR so they didn't have to!

This April 3rd is April Pools Day and Australian Red Cross has partnered with Poolwerx to help change these terrifying statistics by helping to educate more people with this lifesaving skill.

Australian Red Cross will provide 2000 free online introductory CPR courses, valued at $100 each for the month of April. To secure your spot, first visit a Poolwerx store on April 3, to receive a special redemption card and codeword.

Follow the URL on the redemption card, put in the special codeword you received and a secure login will be emailed to you from Australian Red Cross within 48 hours.

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View - How to perform CPR on Babies and Small Children

It only take a few minutes to learn how to save a life.

A child is four times more likely to survive a drowning if their parents know CPR and start immediately!

Practicing on a specially designed CPR dummy is one of the best ways to learn resuscitation. So to kick-start April Pools Day, Laurie Lawrence, with his daughter Emma from Kids Alive have put together step-by-step instructional videos on how to administer CPR.

Please take the time to view them – it’s five minutes out of your life that just might save someone else’s!

View - How to perform CPR on an Adult

View - How to perform CPR on Babies and Small Children

Tammy Richie and Laurie Lawrence

Tammy Richie- Saved her son Carson

Tammy Richie, mother of three knows exactly how important CPR is when she resuscitated her son Carson, after she found him face down in the pool when he was 16 months old.

“It was eight years ago but reliving the moment of finding my son lifeless lying face down in the pool still reduces me to tears to this day.

I am so passionate about spreading the message about what a vital skill CPR is.

Everyone should know how to do it. I don’t even want to contemplate what Carson’s fate might have been had I not been skilled to revive him.”

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Don't be a Fool this April Pools Day

Don’t be a fool around the pool

Knowing how to resuscitate is vital in a near-drowning emergency, however it’s wiser to prevent that emergency from occurring in the first place. That’s why Poolwerx is right behind Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive Do the Five program.

By reinforcing five simple, well-recognised steps, the program’s goal is to reduce the number of drownings in this country to zero:


  1. Fence the pool
  2. Shut the gate
  3. Teach your kids to swim – it’s great!
  4. Supervise – watch your mate
  5. Learn how to resuscitate.
We kid you not

We kid you not

Why is Poolwerx so passionate about spreading the pool safety message? Like Laurie Lawrence and his Kids Alive Do the Five program we want to see drownings in this country drop to zero. However we’re still a long way off.

Statistics compiled by the Royal Lifesaving Society show that children under the age of five accounted for well over half of the reported near drownings in home swimming pools. That’s a lot of children needing to be saved.

And according to the World Health Organisation, drowning is among the 10 leading causes of death for children and young people world wide.

These are staggering statistics when you consider that most drownings are easily preventable. We must do better, and with initiatives like April Pools Day we believe we can.

Safety Checklist

Pool safety can’t be faked

There are many other steps you can do to increase safety around your pool.

We’ve put together an easy to understand pool safety checklist to ensure you don’t have to fake it this April Pools Day.

Print it out and stick it on the fridge so you’re always reminded about the importance of pool safety in your home, or visit your local Poolwerx store for your free copy and water safety DVD.

Download safety checklist

We kid you not

CPR training

Red Cross, our April Pools Day training partner, is as serious as we are about skilling as many people as possible in lifesaving CPR. So, if you missed out on a complementary introductory course they will provide you with a 20% discount on any CPR course.

If you completed the online course and would like your official CPR certificate, you can complete the live training component at a 20% discount. Email learn@redcross.org.au to secure your spot.

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April Pools Day

An initiative of Poolwerx

Proudly supported by

Kids Alive

Australian Red Cross

Terms and Conditions - This free online course is only available to the first 2,000 people to register. The course is valued at $100. The course offer is valid for redemption until 5pm , April 30 2018. The online course cannot be sold or redeemed for money. Login details for the online course will be emailed to you within 48 hours. Once you receive a link to the course it will remain active for three months. The link will cannot be reissued after April 30. People wishing to complete full CPR training with Australian Red Cross, following the online component, can participate in the live element at a discount of 20%. All information required is for the sole purpose of creating a login for the online course. All details will be supplied direct to Australian Red Cross.