International Water Safety Day

As an independent swim school, water safety is 100% at the heart of what we do. Sadly every year in South Australia, people drown in circumstances that could be prevented so we’re naturally committed to supporting and spreading the important message about water safety and drowning prevention.

International water safety day on 15th May is a global initiative dedicated to educating both children and adults. We were proud to host this event and were extremely excited and honored to be joined by Australian icon and water safety advocate Laurie Lawrence who is behind the national Kids Alive Do The Five program.

International Water Safety Day

Laurie believes that local swim schools are the best place for parents to go to find out how to keep their child safer in and around water.  “Get down to your local swim school and become educated on swimming and water safety. Learning to swim, coupled with continual education on water safety messages can save lives” said Laurie.

 

do your part, be water smart

 

Global drowning statistics are at an all time high.  Did you know?

  • Every hour, every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning
  • 372,000 people drown each year, with those under 5 years old at greatest risk
  • Globally, over half of all drowning deaths are under 25 years old
  • Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. (World Health Organization, 2016).

And just as a reminder here are the five key actions from the Kids Alive Do The Five song!

KIDS ALIVE – DO THE FIVE!OwlSmall

  1. Fence the pool
  2. Shut the gate
  3. Teach your kids to swim – it’s great
  4. Supervise – watch your mate and
  5. Learn how to resuscitate

 

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