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400 Australian Swim Schools Unite to Create SwimSafer Nation

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Brisbane families are being encouraged to take part in a national initiative aimed at increasing water-safety awareness and reducing aquatic tragedies.

Local Morningside business, Hampton Swim School, is among more than 400 Swim Australia registered swim schools participating in the national EnergyAustralia SwimSafer week during 24-30 November 2014.

SwimSafer Week
Teaching the nation to SwimSafer


The week, sponsored by EnergyAustralia, will teach students learn-to-swim skills and offer water safety activities at nationwide registered centres, with teachers promoting the importance of having an Emergency Action Plan and how to perform compression-only CPR.

Swim Australia CEO Ross Gage said 'while a recent report showed drowning deaths has decreased, every drowning is a tragedy, is potentially avoidable, and is one too many'. Between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2014, 20 children aged 4 years or younger drowned in Australia, with 70 % of these drowning deaths occurring in swimming pools.

Although year round swimming lessons are important, summer is still the nation's peak drowning season, so on the eve of summer, there's never a better time to remind people about how to SwimSafer and respond to water-related accident' said Julia Ham, Director of Hampton Swim School.

Hampton's is proud to support SwimAustralia and the NEASSW, and are delighted to be participating in our second year of this water safety week. The week not only celebrates our passion for water, but highlights the importance of swim teachers, parents and supervisors when in and around water' said Ms Ham.

SwimSafer Week
Swimming lessons are life saving


Some vital Emergency Action Plan tips are:

If a child is missing, check all water hazards first, including pools and under any pool covers, dams, creeks and other aquatic areas, as well as buckets, bird baths and animal water troughs;
Always have a first aid kit on hand;
Know emergency numbers 000 for landlines and 112 for a mobile; and
Be on top of CPR techniques and accreditation.

For further information, please contact Tracie (marketing) on events@hamptonswimschool.com.au
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