Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia.  Each week, on average, one child drowns. Lets put an end to childhood drowning for good.

In 1988 to combat drowning, Laurie Lawrence created the Kids Alive – Do the Five water safety program. The Kids Alive community service program educates the public on five important steps to reduce the risk of preschool drowning.

April Pools Day 2018

Tuesday April 3 2018

For the third year in a row, Kids Alive is lending its support to April Pools Day.

Held throughout April 2018, the goal of the April Pools Day campaign is to encourage Australians to get serious about learning CPR. This year, our partner Poolwerx has teamed with Australian Red Cross to offer free online CPR courses that could help you save a life. Read More…

National Check-Your-Pool-Gate Day

Lawrence has teamed up with Australian gate hardware company, D&D Technologies P/L, the manufacturer of the Australian-made MagnaLatch® Child Safety Gate Latch, to shine a light on the critical issue of non-compliant pool gates and fences. One of the major causes of toddlers accessing backyard pools is faulty or inadequate gates that don’t close or latch correctly. Read More…

Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Program is a joint initiative by Kids Alive and the Australian Government. Parents, educators and those with an interest in water safety education can download digital copies through this link. Learn More…

Learn2Swim Week 2017


For the fourth year in a row Kids Alive is lending its support to Learn2Swim Week.

Held from 23 September – 2 October 2017 the goal is to give every child aged under five the chance to experience learning to swim.

Once again, hundreds of swim schools across the country are participating in a bid to help reduce drowning statistics by sharing vital water safety skills that just might help save a life.

Unfortunately, recent research by Learn2Swim Week revealed only 49 percent of parents take their children to swimming lessons. This is far too low for a water loving nation like ours, especially when learning to swim is one of the top 5 preventative measures to curb drownings!

To find your nearest participating pool simply visit CLICK HERE put your post code in and contact the school directly about times. If there is no one in your area, make sure you give the local swim school a call and tell them about Learn 2Swim Week.

Any swim schools interested in joining the Learn2Swim Week crusade register your details here


Former Australian swimming coach and water safety ambassador Laurie Lawrence is joining forces with national pool and spa care franchise Poolwerx in an effort to improve pool safety education and prevent preschool drownings. Read More…

Living with Water


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With the help of water safety experts Australia wide, Laurie Lawrence, in conjunction with the Australian Government, has put together this comprehensive water safety resource for parents and caregivers of childeren under 5.

Five Free Lessons


This summer to combat drowning, Laurie Lawrence will use the internet, to give five free online interactive water safety lessons to all parents across Australia. The five free lessons are designed for parents with children under the age of five and are communicated via an online interactive learning program.

Kids Alive – Do The Five!OwlSmall

  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
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