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.