Learn to Swim Week runs from September 28 to October 2.
Learn to Swim Week runs from September 28 to October 2. Trevor Veale

Swimming lessons the best prevention against drowning tragedy

LEARN to Swim Week aims to combat child drownings by calling on pool schools to provide free swimming lessons to children under five.

Learn to Swim Week, an initiative of Poolwerx, runs from September 28 to October 2.

John O'Brien Poolwerx CEO said the highest percentage of Australian drownings happen to children under four.

"These are horrifying statistics and the best way to protect kids is prevention, which means teaching kids to swim as early as possible," he said.

"We want as many kids as possible to get some basic water safety knowledge but we are relying on the generosity of local pool schools to support this event."

Into its second year, Learn to Swim Week has already proven to be a success, with over 100 schools participating last year, providing over 5000 swimming lessons to children across the county.

Learn to Swim Week is supported by founder of Kids Alive, Laurie Lawrence.

Laurie has been running annual free lessons at his own swim schools for over a decade and said that Learn to Swim Week benefited everybody involved.

"Learn to Swim Week not only allows local families to participate in swimming lessons free of charge, but also allows swim schools to engage with the local community, and educate parents on the importance of getting their children swimming lessons until they are totally water safe," he said.

"We really hope to see strong support for this safety event, and our goal is to get at least 300 swim schools sharing their skills this year."

Schools interested in participating in Learn to Swim Week 2015 can visit http://www.learntoswimweek.com.au for more information and to register their involvement.

Registrations close August 3.

Learn to Swim Week is supported by founder of Kids Alive, Laurie Lawrence.



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