Help save lives and teach children to swim at your local aquatic centre
  • Wednesday 07 December 2016
ImageWith another summer here, now is the time to think about water safety and enrolling young children in a learn-to-swim program delivered region-wide across Sunshine Coast Council’s aquatic centres.

Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said she was saddened to learn drowning was the number one cause of accidental death in children under five in Queensland.

“As a grandparent, I am only too aware of the importance of ensuring young children learn the vital skills of how to swim,” Cr McKay said.

“The Sunshine Coast offers an idyllic lifestyle and we want to make sure all children are safe while enjoying our beautiful beaches, pools, rivers or while boating and fishing.

“Learning to swim is the best prevention to ultimately reducing the number of drownings in Australia and I can personally recommend the wide range of programs on offer at our aquatic centres.”

To find your nearest aquatic centre and book into a learn-to-swim program, visit council’s website and search “aquatic centres”.

Royal Life Saving is Australia’s largest provider of water safety education. Visit to find out more about their education programs:
• Keep watch program
• Swim and survive
• Bronze and grey medallion
• Home pool safety
• Make it safe – portable pool safety
• The Talk – for over 55s
• Respect the river
• Sinkers #DontDrinkAndSink.