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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 2018

Kids Alive gets behind Learn2Swim Week 2018

We’re back bigger and better than ever in its fourth year – Learn2Swim Week 2018 will be held throughout the country from October 2 – 9.

The goal of this important water safety initiative, which is proudly supported by Kids Alive, is to give every child under five the chance to experience learning to swim via free swimming lessons during the week-long event.

Once again, hundreds of swim schools across the country are participating (including Laurie’s schools in Queensland and New South Wales), in a bid to help reduce drowning statistics by sharing vital water safety skills that just might help save a life.

Tragically, we know that children aged 0-4 years are at the highest risk for both fatal and non-fatal drownings. The ability to swim is one of the most important factors in reducing the risk of childhood drowning, so we need to introduce more kids to water familiarisation and swimming lessons as early as possible.

Swim schools who haven’t already registered their interest in participating in Learn2Swim Week can head to www.learn2swimweek.com/register-your-pool

Bookings for children can be made after August 23. To find your nearest participating swim school, simply visit www.learn2swimweek.com and type in your postcode and contact the school directly about free lessons during Learn2Swim Week. If there are no swim schools listed in your area, make sure you give your local swim school a call and tell them about Learn2Swim Week.

Kids Alive Education Resources

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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

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

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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…

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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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