AS the weather begins to heat up across the region, there is extra importance being placed on children learning about water safety, and last week students form Tallygaroopna Primary School heard from Life Saving Victoria (LSV) when it brought its award-winning Sink or Swim program to the school.
According to data released in Royal Life Saving Australia 2016-17 National Drowning Report, inland waterways have been identified as the main location of drownings in Australia, with 97 losing their lives in that period, which is almost double that of beaches (50).
LSV water safety education manager, Melissa Laird said it is important students are aware and prepared for a range of aquatic environments, particularly open water settings including rivers, lakes, dams and creeks.
“Sink or Swim enhances a school’s water safety programs or prepares students for upcoming aquatic recreation excursions and camps,” Ms Laird said.
“It’s about teaching students to make safe choices in aquatic environments, as well as informing them about hidden dangers in waterways to reduce the drowning rate in their local area.’’