16 Sep Free Life Saving Swim classes return for Toddlers
Learn2Swim Week returns nationwide for its seventh year 25 Sep – 4 Oct
Last year, 19 children under five tragically drowned in Australia , 12 in backyard pools. To help prevent tragic deaths, Poolwerx and Kids Alive have partnered with Australia’s swim schools to offer free swimming lessons for children under five from Friday 25 September to Sunday 4 October as part of Learn2Swim Week .
New research from Poolwerx reveals almost a quarter of parents surveyed know someone or directly encountered a near-drowning experience, highlighting the importance of teaching little ones basic water skills to make swimming safe and fun for parents and toddlers.
Over the course of a week, hundreds of swim schools across the country will offer free swimming lessons to children under the age of five as part of the water safety initiative.
Ex-Olympic swimming coach and Kids Alive founder Laurie Lawrence has partnered with the world’s leading pool franchise business to support the initiative.
“Drowning remains the leading cause of preventable death for children under the age of five, so it’s important kids know how to handle themselves in the water,” Mr Lawrence said.
“During last year’s campaign, we received over 6,200 lessons requests, which shows the message of water safety is getting through and parents are understanding how vital it is to learn to swim at an early age.”
Poolwerx CEO John O’Brien reiterated Poolwerx’ commitment to water safety, encouraging parents to take advantage of these free classes.
“We know swimming is a favourite pastime for all Australians, but sadly, we also know toddlers are most at risk of drowning, particularly in backyards. This is why it is crucial to introduce kids to water safety when they are little,” Mr O’Brien said.
“As the world’s largest global franchise pool service brand, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to promote safe water practices in our community. Australians are building 20,000 pools in their backyard every year, so Learn2Swim Week remains a really important initiative.”
“Swimming lessons are also a great way for parents to bond with their little ones, and create fun
Last year, more than 400 swim schools participated in Learn2Swim Week.
To locate your nearest participating swim school and sign up for a free class, visit Learn2Swim Week
Should swim schools not be open in certain areas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a free class voucher will be issued, valid for 12 months.