Be safe in the water

Swim instructor Anthony Dvorak with Mabel Markey (6) and Heidi Pesich (5).
Swim instructor Anthony Dvorak with Mabel Markey (6) and Heidi Pesich (5).

SwimSafer Week was laun-ched to combat the increasing number of drowning deaths in children under the age of five. Fatalities increased 48 per cent in 2012, while the number of overall deaths increased 5 per cent to 291.

Bibra Lake’s A Plus Swim School was one of 300 schools nationally registered to participate, with children and their families learning water skills and the elements of an emergency action plan, including CPR.

Swim teacher Anthony Dvorak said the lessons prepared children and parents should a water accident ever occur.

‘Any initiative in drowning prevention is important. It is sad that drowning deaths in under-five-year-olds increased last year, so to run a water safety campaign as summer approaches, and soon after the release of these figures, is very appropriate in its timing,’ he said.

‘We want everyone to have as much fun as they can in the water, but we need them to have total water safety in their mind at all times.’

Homeowners and tenants have been reminded that pool fences and other safety barriers must be properly maintained.

‘Pool safety is important all year round, and even more so during the summer months when splashing in the pool is a big temptation for the kids,’ building commissioner Peter Gow said.

‘I urge pool owners to be vigilant about maintaining pool safety barriers to stop young children entering the pool area when not supervised by an adult.’