Learn2Swim Week aims for zero childhood drownings

Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia. In Australia, one person on average, drowns every week. Teaching a child to swim early is the best prevention.

During Learn2Swim Week, free swim lessons are offered to children aged under five at participating swim schools across the country. It is aimed at educating parents on the importance of teaching kids under five to swim. It’s also about reminding everyone about the importance of water safety.

Laurie Lawrence, founder of Kids Alive – Do the Five and Learn2Swim Week partner, hopes this program will lead to more children learning vital skills of how to swim and ultimately reduce Australia’s drowning statistics.

“We are teaming up with Poolwerx to take our ‘Kids Alive – Do the Five’ message to thousands of adults and children across the country, targeting the area where water safety is absolutely critical – in our own backyards,” said Laurie Lawrence.

“We want the simple steps people can take to reduce the risk of a tragedy or near tragedy to become part of everyday Australian lifestyle, and Poolwerx provides the perfect platform to support us with its wide footprint across the country.”

Poolwerx CEO John O’Brien said Poolwerx was committed to promoting water safety awareness.

“This Learn2Swim Week campaign is a collective effort and something we’re all passionate about. Our franchisees are committed to driving water safety education through our stores, service vans and as part of our community outreach.”

Learn2Swim Week 2018 will be held during the October holidays from October 2 – October 9.

It will be kick-started by Learn2Swim Day on Tuesday, 2nd October.

To host free swim lessons at your swim school, click here or to register your child for free swimming lessons, head to the Learn2Swim Week website and enter your postcode to find your local participating swim schools.


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