Wednesday April 11, 2012
Thirty three children under the age of 5 years of age died as a result of drowning according to The Royal Life Saving Drowning Report for 2009-2010. Infant drowning can be prevented by educating parents and the community about the importance of practicing water awareness. Ripples Leisure Centre, St Marys has been given a State government grant of almost $10,000 to provide learn-to-swim lessons to new parents and infants in the St Marys area.
The program is targeted at families who may not usually be able to participate in such a program because of the cost. Ripples has been given funding for 41 babies/toddlers to participate in a no-cost learn to swim water awareness program.
The Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies said she totally supported the program and was delighted that the grant had been approved. She said that she understands the importance of water safety from a mother's perspective. "When my daughter Laura was a toddler we felt it was absolutely essential that she learn good water safety habits".
"Babies and toddlers love water and quickly pick up basic survival skills such as rolling, floating and also gripping the side of the pool" the Member for Mulgoa said. "I think it is also a great activity which can enable parents to bond with their children".
Ripples Aquatics Manager, Sally Philp said that interested parents who would like to join the program with their child should contact the Ripples Leisure Centre on 9833 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The swim education grants program has a criteria that must be met, so if your child is between 6 months and 2 years of age and you are from a low income family you may be eligible to participate.