Learn2Swim Week is from October 2 until 5.
The week-long event is supported by Poolwerx.
Poolwerx Redland Bay’s Wayne O’Malley urged parents to take advantage of the free lessons.
“Last year there were tragically 29 drowning deaths in children aged zero to four years, with three quarters of these deaths resulting from a fall into the water,” Mr O’Malley said.
“That is why it is so important to familiarise kids with water at an early age and swimming lessons can provide under-fives with the lifesaving skills they need to know to get themselves out of trouble.”
“Our survey of parents who participated in Learn2Swim Week last year showed that 60 per cent went on to enroll their under-fives in regular swimming lessons,” Mr McKenzie said.
“The free swimming lessons our local swim schools are providing during Learn2Swim Week give parents the opportunity to get their under-fives familiar with water and see firsthand the benefits of teaching them lifesaving water skills.”
Learn2Swim Week has been running for four years.
Program ambassador Laurie Lawrence said local swim schools were showing they were at the forefront of water safety awareness in young children.
For information visit learn2swimweek.com.
Read the full article on the Redland City Bulletin website.