Sunday 22nd November – Saturday 28th November 2015
The National Swim Safer Week’s main objective is to highlight water safety messages focussing on an emergency action plan.
As part of National Swim Safer Week children at STARplex are taught how to enter pools correctly, how to wear a life jacket and how to survive whilst wearing a life jacket in the water, ensuring there is an adult around at all times, rules about pool gates and much more.
Sadly statistics for drowning’s in 2014-2015 were very disappointing, particularly in the under 5 age group:
271 people drowned in Australian waterways between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2015 (up 5 from ’13/’14)
80% of all drowning deaths were male (216 drowning deaths)
100 (37%) drowning deaths occurred in New South Wales
99 (37%) drowning deaths occurred in inland waterways
55 (20%) drowning deaths occurred at beaches
30% increase in drowning’s in under 5’s (up 6% from ’13/’14)
As families prepare for the holiday season they will often visit friends or family who may have a swimming pool or holiday near a lake or a beach.
Sadly drowning’s will increase over the summer due to people not having rules around water.
Children as young as 4 months can learn to swim at STARplex, however there is a lot more to learn about doing activities around water safely.
For further information on Swimming Lessons contact the STARplex Swim Centre on phone 8522 0685.