National SwimSAFER Week

WHEN? November 20th – November 26th 2017

WHAT HAPPENS?: During this week the students will participate in a number of activties that focus on water safety in and around water. For example experiencing the challenges that additional layers of clothing can create when in the water.

WHAT TO BRING? To ensure that your child gets the most out of this week, please bring some old pyjamas or loose clothing along with their bathers for them to swim in (this applies to children in levels Goldfish to Shark).

National SwimSafer Week aims to highlight vital water safety messaging, focusing on the importance of an Emergency Action Plan – primarily for use in and around aquatic environments.

“In the lead up to Summer, Australia is heading into its peak drowning period, with approximately one third of yearly drowning deaths occurring in the summer months. For every child drowning death there are three to four children admitted to hospital as a result of a non-fatal drowning incident.” – Swim Australia

There are steps that you can take to ensure a safer aquatic environment. Swim Australia has developed the Layers of Protection plan which you and the family should follow.

Supervision: Be alert and keep constant visual contact, and non-swimmers and children within arm’s reach.

Barriers: Ensure pools are fully fenced with self-closing, self-latching gates, and that both are maintained in good working order.

Lessons: Allow children to explore and become comfortable in water environments, gaining confidence using water-based activities.

Emergency Action Plan: If a child is missing, check the pool and other water hazards first; seconds count! Keep a phone close for emergency use only and make sure you know CPR.