Happy Valley Hosting Free “Swim Safer” Event For All

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Whether it be in the pool or at the beach, we all love having some fun in the water. But Laurie Lawrence alongside Blue Dolphin Swim Centre are here to make sure we’re keeping our kids safe in the water.

Former Australian Olympic Swimming Coach and child water safety advocate, Laurie Lawrence, is helping the Blue Dolphin Swim Centre, based in Happy Valley, spread the Swim Safer message this Saturday, 23rd June.

More than 2000 children go through the doors of Blue Dolphin Swim Centre every week. The team are committed to build happy, healthy and confident kids in the water all year round. However, sadly, drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia. Each week, on average, one child drowns.

In light of the heart-breaking story that hit the press, worldwide, last week, where we learnt of how the 19-month-old daughter of U.S. Olympic skier, Bode Miller, drowned in a Southern California swimming pool, Lesley Rudd, the founder and owner of Blue Dolphin Swim Centre believes increasing water skills and safety levels for children is a priority for parents:

Says Rudd: “It’s tragic to see anybody drown because drowning accidents are preventable. We teach our children early on, to manage their own survival in the water, and always using a nurtured child-centred approach. Laurie is a well-known advocate and ambassador for the worldwide drowning prevention movement, and I am thrilled he will be joining us this weekend”.

On Saturday, Laurie Lawrence will speak to parents and reinforce the importance of teaching our kids to be safer in and around water. Blue Dolphin Swim Centre visitors will undoubtedly, be invited to join in with his renowned “Kids Alive Do The 5” song! Through his ‘Kids Alive’ Water Safety Program, Lawrence has long promoted five key water safety points:

1) Fence the pool
2) Shut the gate
3) Teach your kids to swim…it’s great
4) Supervise – watch your mate, and…
5) Learn how to resuscitate

Lawrence explains: “It breaks my heart every time I hear of a toddler drowning in a backyard pool. Each drowning is a family tragedy, and it’s the reason I now spend my life promoting child water safety.”

So head on over to Blue Dolphin Swim Centre this Saturday 23rd June to help keep you and your whole family safe in the water!

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