Kids Alive – Do the Five makes a splash in Logan
Published: 11 September 2018
With summer just around the corner, Logan City Council is once again doing its part in increasing water safety awareness through the Kids Alive – Do the Five program.
City Lifestyle and Community Chairperson, Councillor Steve Swenson, said Council provides the free program at the Logan North Aquatic and Fitness Centre’s Aqualogan Laurie Lawrence Swim School to educate the public on the five important messages of Kids Alive – Do the Five.
“We want to support our residents in taking action for the safety of young children and increase awareness of the dangers posed by swimming pools and other bodies of water,” Cr Swenson said.
“Our Kids Alive – Do the Five program gives families an opportunity to take their kids to swimming lessons regardless of their current circumstances. It consists of five lessons, including water safety and swimming skills, over five days.
“Council provides 150 free lessons per day – a total of 750 free lessons during the program from September 24 to 28.
“The program is also a good way for the community to try our swim school for free.”
Mr Lawrence, swim coach and creator of Kids Alive – Do the Five, said the program gives parents and children strategies to reduce the risk of drowning, particularly of pre-schoolers, and ‘avoid becoming a statistic.’
“Last year, 28 little kids under the age of five drowned (in Queensland) – that’s a busload of kids. We can go a long way to preventing these drownings by providing five free swimming lessons,” Mr Lawrence said.
The Kids Alive — Do the Five program is made up of five important messages.
1. Fence the pool
2. Shut the gate
3. Teach your kids to swim – it’s great
4. Supervise – watch your mate, and
5. Learn how to resuscitate
Bookings for the next program at the Aqualogan Laurie Lawrence Swim School open at 9am on Monday, September 17. For more information on the program and how to book, go to loganleisurecentres.com.au/swim