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.

Learn2Swim Week 2019

Learning to swim is a life skill every child should have!

Kids Alive has been a proud partner of the annual Learn2Swim Week water safety initiative since 2014. Now in its sixth year, the aim of the event remains the same; to give every child under five the chance to experience learning to swim via free swimming lessons during the week-long event.

This year Learn2Swim Week, a Poolwerx initiative, will be held throughout Australia from 30 September – 7 October and Kids Alive is calling on all swim schools to get involved and show their support for water safety initiatives in their local communities.

Swim schools interested in participating in Learn2Swim Week can head to to sign up.

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Register now for your free online CPR course – it could help you save a life.

Kids Alive is once again getting behind the April Pools Day campaign, held throughout April 2019, to encourage Australians to learn the lifesaving skill of CPR.

Our partner Poolwerx has teamed with Australian Red Cross to put lifesaving skills in your hands, by offering you a free online CPR course on the basic skills for resuscitating babies, young children and adults.

A recent survey of pool owners by Poolwerx revealed that almost 60% said they did not have current CPR qualifications, despite 37% saying they or someone close to them had a life threatening experience with water.

As parents and pool owners, it’s up to us to take control and learn CPR, for the sake of our loved ones. A child is four times more likely to survive a submersion incident if given CPR immediately.

The online course only takes a few hours and you can register throughout the month of April at Once registered, you will be sent a login from Australian Red Cross, valid until May 31 2019, that will allow you to complete the course.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the lifesaving skill of CPR and help us prevent child drownings. Remember STEP 5 at KIDS ALIVE is LEARN HOW TO RESUCITATE!
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Make your backyard swim safe this Australia Day

Nominate a ‘Responsible Pool Person’

Despite widespread publicity and community warnings about drowning, more than 50 Aussies have lost their lives to drowning incidents over the summer period.

As we get ready to celebrate Australia Day, my partner Poolwerx and I are calling on party organisers to nominate a ‘Responsible Pool Person’ to watch over swimmers in backyard pools.

12 per cent of drowning deaths this summer occurred in backyard or public pools* and nominating a designated adult to supervise swimmers is one of the safest ways to avert tragedy.

Kids, in particular, can get themselves into trouble very quickly in pools and with so much going on at parties, it’s not good enough to just expect that someone will be keeping an eye on swimmers.

Poolwerx has created the concept of nominating a Responsible Pool Person for parties to ensure safety is a priority and that someone is dedicated to supervision and not distracted.

To get ready for Australia Day and to make sure everyone knows who your Responsible Pool Person is, Poolwerx is giving away free ‘Responsible Pool Person’ caps. Visit to find your nearest store and check out my party safe tips

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Kids Alive Education Resources

We have some very exciting news. The Kids Alive – Do the Five Team is releasing an online professional development opportunity for Early Childhood Educators. LINK

Water safety education is vital for all young children. Drowning is a leading cause of accidental death in children under 5 in Australia. Unfortunately, many more children will experience a non-fatal drowning which can lead to life long disabilities.

We must be proactive with positive and engaging water safety education for our children. By providing this during the early years we can develop a love and respect for the water which will last a lifetime.

This professional development opportunity showcases actual lesson plans delivered by the highly skilled Teaching Staff at Bright Buttons Currumbin. Over a 4-week period a production crew documented the lesson plans delivered to the children. These lesson plans were designed to showcase activity ideas and teaching strategies utilised by the Educators.

New initiatives like this will continue to help raise awareness for drowning prevention in children under 5.

It’s FREE join NOW – LINK

We would like to thank the Teaching staff at Bright Buttons for being leaders in the industry and of course the families who allowed this to be possible. We hope you take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

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Laurie Lawrence

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…


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.

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