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We’re all counting down the days until summer – the warm weather, fun in the sun, and of course days spent at the beach and pool. But lurking beneath the water is a silent killer that claims lives in just seconds.

Child drownings happen in the blink of an eye, and they’re silent. In most cases, there’s no screaming, no flailing, no calling for help. The victim slips under the water, unable to alert anyone, as they succumb. But there are really easy steps we as parents can take to protect our children from drowning incidents.

One of the best way to prepare kids for being in the water is through swimming lessons. Unfortunately, with the pandemic putting a pause on swimming lessons, many kids have regressed in their progress. So Australia’s peak industry body for swim schools is sharing important water safety messages ahead of summer.

Water safety starts at home

Firstly, it’s important to remember that kids don’t just drown in large bodies of water. Bathtubs, kiddie pools, pools and ponds also pose a drowning risk.

Teach your kids water safety from an early age, and make sure you have firm rules in place as a family. The Australian Swim School Association has launched the Countdown to Summer Series, with heaps of tips on how to keep the kids safe around water.

Here are their top tips:

  1. If a child is missing, check any water areas FIRST – seconds count
  2. Ensure everyone who cares for your child, including you, knows CPR
  3. Have an Emergency Action Plan in place, especially if you have a home pool or live close to a waterway
  4. Ensure all the other layers of protection are around your child – supervision, barriers and swimming and water safety skills – dealing with an emergency is the second line of defence.

It’s worth taking the time to get your family prepared for spending time around water this summer.

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  • Water is lots of fun but also dangerous and deadly. Always supervise kids around water

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  • I was pleased that all of my children learnt how to swim when they were quite young.

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  • I’m so glad my kids are well past this stage.

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  • When my kids are around water I always stay there as you cant be to careful and its for my piece of mind also

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  • It is really important to look after kids around water.

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  • I never wanted a swimming pool in my backyard for this reason. My youngest has Down syndrome and is a risk taker with 0.0 danger awareness. Although she’s had for years individual swimming lessons, her skills aren’t advanced.

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  • Absolutely. We have a fenced pool and no young children in our family or who would visit, but always to be aware.

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  • The thought of this scares me. I definitely need to re learn CPR. And get my babies into swimming lessons.

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  • Yes to swimming lessons, so so important indeed ! Luckily here in Qld we didn’t have many cancellations.

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  • A great reminder! I wish swimwear companies really got on board with the research and produce coloured swimwear easier to see when disasters happen.
    Blue, green swimwear is impossible to see from above if a little one falls in. It’s best to purchase pink and red swimwear!

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  • What a great read and reminder just before summer approaches

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  • I really need to get my kids into swimming lessons.
    My toddler loves the water but unfortunately when we went to put her into lessons that’s when the pandemic hit and she wasn’t able to.
    It’s definitely scary that it’s not just a pool that they can down in but also in a bath tub and kiddie pool which most people have.

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  • A very timely reminder as we head into summer.

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  • Definitely a thing to remember. It can all happen to quickly.

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  • The tips are so important. Especially to check water first, breaks my heart.

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