Free swim lessons to kerb drownings

Ready to make a splash: Program Ambassador Laurie Lawrence alongside just a few of the kids under five-years-old who have learned to swim with the Learn2Swim program.
Ready to make a splash: Program Ambassador Laurie Lawrence alongside just a few of the kids under five-years-old who have learned to swim with the Learn2Swim program.

Local Swim School at Fleurieu Aquatic Centre has announced it will support the national Learn2Swim program by offering free swimming lessons to children five and under.

The week long program which goes from October 2 – 9 is an annual event held which was launched by Poolwerx and Kids Alive to raise awareness of child drownings in Australia.

Regarding the Learn2Swim program Poolwerx founder and CEO, John O’Brien said the response from local swim schools had been fantastic and he was urging 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.

Last year there were tragically 29 drowning deaths in children aged 0-4 years,

Poolwerx founder and CEO, John O’Brien

Getting children learning to swim is the most critical component for Learn2Swim and their goal of reducing child drownings to zero.

Kids Alive - Do the Five Program Ambassador, Laurie Lawrence said local swim schools were once again showing they were at the forefront of water safety awareness in young children.

“Local swim schools like Fleurieu Aquatic Centre are helping us to reach our goal of zero drownings in under-fives and I encourage all parents with children under five to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.”

After last years program 60% of parents enrolled their child in regular lessons.

To register visit learn2swimweek.com.