As winter weather grips the UK, summer sunshine draws swimmers to open water in Australia.
ABC News reports: “…calls are growing for compulsory water safety lessons for children.”
“In the lead up to the end of the school year, the State Emergency Service is running water safety lessons at Dubbo schools, particularly focused on the dangers of weirs.”
“Councillor Jason Hamling said teaching primary school children basic swimming skills, will help prevent drowning deaths particularly in rural areas.
I’m actually calling on the state government to see whether we can get compulsory swimming lessons back into our schools.”
Compulsory swimming lessons or water safety classes for all NSW school children is something Karen Martin supports. “There are still too many children slipping through the cracks. I teach a lot of kids who are in their teens who have hardly been in the water,”
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