If there’s one thing we must do as mums in Australia … it is to ensure that our kids understand water safety. We must then do everything we can to ensure that they can swim well and swim safe.
We are the lucky country and we are blessed to have beautiful beaches, lakes, rivers and swimming pools everywhere. However as much fun as it is to spend our time in the water, too many Australian kids are drowning. The fact is drowning is still one of the highest causes of accidental death in Australian children – in the last 12 months, 42 children aged between 1 and 15 drowned and all these deaths were preventable.
You may remember I wrote a post this time last year – When it’s not OK to leave a child on their own … we’d just been on a holiday by the beach and on two separate occasions the parents in our group had saved a child from drowning. Having lost a little boy myself (an unpreventable death that was not a drowning) I couldn’t bear another parent to experience the same loss so you can imagine I was shocked that both of the children we rescued were swimming away from a parent and were not able to swim well or swim safe.
Recently, I met the team from Uncle Toby’s and learnt a whole lot about SWIM KIDS – an initiative of Uncle Toby’s supported by the Royal life Saving Society. SWIM KIDS is a fantastic resource for parents and is definitely worth checking out – even if you think all your kids can swim!
www.swimkids.com.au offers swim and water safety video snap lessons as well as a Swim School Locator which points you to a Royal Life Saving endorsed swim school near you. Under the SWIM KIDS banner is the Swim and Survive program which is a great way to introduce young children to a lifetime of safety and fun whenever they are in or near the water.
Make it a priority to ensure you and your kids can swim well and swim safe this Summer: visit www.swimkids.com.au and join other parents on www.facebook.com/swimkidsoz to find out how together we can help make a difference.
What are you doing this Summer to ensure your children are swimming well and swimming safe? Got any tips for helping kids understand water safety?
Much MoM love,