Does your family know how to SwimSAFER when in and around water? Do you have an Emergency Action Plan in place, to assist in the event of a water-related incident? If you had to, could you perform compression-only CPR and help save a life? Learning the key skills of water safety is not as daunting as you think.
From the pool to the beach, river to dam, creek to pond, water trough to water feature, Australians are surrounded not only by aquatic options, but potential hazards. Regardless of whether you’re four months of age, or 104 – water safety skills and education, are vital.
This week, Swim Australia – the leading national authority on learn to swim and water safety – and EnergyAustralia, have joined forces to help combat the recent rise in drowning deaths, launching the National EnergyAustralia SwimSAFER Week (November 25 – December 1).
Over 300 Swim Australia registered swim schools will take the plunge across the nation, to help better educate families, on how to be safer and make smarter decisions, when in and around water.
31 children under the age of five, drowned last year – an increase of 48 per cent; overall fatalities also rose five per cent, to 291.
As Summer’s fast approaching – Australia’s peak drowning period – there’s never been a better time to help ensure Aussie families are not only swim skill ready, but know what to do if a water related incident should occur.
The SwimSAFER Week will focus on the importance of preparing an Emergency Action Plan, and with the help of resource, CPR mate, will assist in the teaching of compression-only resuscitation.
Water safety is a year-round, ongoing concern. So, to help more Australians become safer in and around water, we’re encouraging all parents to become WaterHEROES. A WaterHERO is someone who understands the EnergyAustralia SwimSAFER program Layers of Protection, and how to put them into practice in different situations. Each Layer must be applied together to help maximise water safety.
Too often, accidents occur when one or more Layers, are overlooked or fail.
The Four Layers of Protection include:
- Be Aware: Don’t let the kids out of your sight.
- Be Secure: Keep fences and gates locked up tight.
- Be Confident: Learn to Swim, and how to get to safety.
- Be Prepared: Always have a plan in case of emergency.
These vital steps in reducing the risk, could make all the difference between saving a life, or loosing one – because drowning is preventable!
By jumping on the WaterHERO website – waterhero.com.au – and answering a few water safety questions correctly, you too could become a WaterHERO, and help ensure all Aussies are safer swimmers, no matter the season. Help us reach our target of 31,000 WaterHEROES, and let’s all be safer swimmers.