Push for government funded survival swim lessons for all Australian toddlers

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Drowning is among the top causes of accidental death in Australian children.

  • 430 children under the age of five drowned in Australian waterways between 2002-2016
  • 92% of these drownings occur in private swimming pools
  • 68% of toddler pool drownings occur at the child’s own home
  • In many cases, the child was unsupervised for less than 5 mins 

In a country like Australia, summer by the water is simply a way of life, and it is essential that we equip young children with strong aquatic survival skills. Swim For Five want to see all Aussie toddlers learn to swim independently - because 5 extra minutes could save their life. 

Swim For Five is a campaign to petition for government funded survival swimming programs for all Australian toddlers, under the age of 5. Time and time again, we hear another tragic case of an infant drowning, despite their parents reportedly having seen the child inside the house just 5 mins prior to finding them at the bottom of a pool. 

Survival swim classes teach babies and toddlers to stay afloat and cry for help if they happen to make an unexpected entry into water. Parents will not always be within arms-reach of their child, and unfortunately, tragic accidents will happen. Swim For Five wants to give every child the very best chance of survival if they do fall into a pool unsupervised. 

Join our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter community to join the conversation about the difference this could make to young families Australia-wide. 

 



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