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.

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…

April Pools Day 2017


Pool safety is no joking matter. Don’t be a dummy…learn CPR

If you came across someone unconscious in a backyard pool would you know what to do?

Could you save your child’s life?

Recent research conducted by Poolwerx reveals that 75% of people surveyed felt they did not have the necessary CPR skills to save a life in an emergency . . . 37% said they didn't know where to get training and another 34% said their partner knew CPR so they didn't have to! Hard to find the humour in those excuses!

But don't worry. This April 1st is April Pools Day and Australian Red Cross will host 20 minute hands on CPR demonstrations in Poolwerx stores across Australia, as well as offer exclusive rates on official training courses. To find your nearest demonstration and read more information CLICK HERE

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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.

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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