Australia is in the Midst of a Drowning Crisis

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 1:16 pm

Trent Hotchkin – Royal Life Saving Senior Manager Swimming and Water Safety Education shares about Swim and Survive with Mike.

There have been 61 drowning deaths across Australia so far this summer (Dec 1st 2018 – 14th Jan 2019), that’s 20 more than at the same time last year. Australia is in the midst of a drowning crisis and Royal Life Saving Society WA is working to turn this around by ensuring all Western Australians possess vital swimming, water safety, survival and rescue skills to reduce the incidence of drowning in our community.

We love our Perth and West Australian lifestyle which is surrounded by water, be it backyard pools, beaches, public pools, rivers, lakes or dams. We are never far from enjoying ourselves around the water and this is why it is vital that our children learn to swim and survive from a very early age. It is also why we must remain vigilant when watching over children around water and why it is equally important for us to know CPR and emergency first aid.

Swim and Survive Program

Swim and Survive is a comprehensive swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that seeks to increase the swimming and water safety skills of all Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in safe aquatic activity.

Learn to swim, swimming lessons and infant aquatics are all terms commonly used across the aquatic industry for programs that seek to build swimming skills. Swim and Survive is all of these, but most importantly it ensures that the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided, in addition to a process of developing a strong and effective swimming technique.

Swim and Survive is delivered in pools, schools and other aquatic locations across the country by qualified swimming and water safety instructors.

Royal Lifesaving WA urges parents to start swimming lessons as early as 6 months old.

Find your nearest Swim and Survive class here.

Find more information on Swim and Survive here.

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