Be in the swim
YOUNG Madelinn Carr has been learning to swim since she was an infant.
"They have fun, it increases their water confidence, introduces another aspect of fitness and health, and they learn a great swimming style," mum Jenny Carr said.
"Even at six months old they get them to paddle and they get some idea of what to do, how to hang on to the side."
And Jenny knows only too well, how important water safety is.
"Madelinn's little sister, Bianca fell into a deep spot at Sawtell Creek. Luckily I was right there, but that's how easy it can happen."
A major water safety campaign targeting parents of young children is under way, after drowning statistics revealed that seven children between 0 and five years of age drowned in 2004-05.
"The drowning death of any toddler or young child is a tragedy," NSW Sport and Recreation Minister Sandra Nori said.
"What makes it even more of a tragedy is that it can be prevented.
"Active supervision of toddlers and young children around water is crucial ? that means parents should be within arm's reach of their child."
The Keep Watch campaign features television community service announcements, radio advertisements, and parent information packs, urging parents to provide constant supervision, make sure fencing is adequate and learn resuscitation.
For a copy of the information pack, call 1300 737 763 or visit www.keep- watch.com.au