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…

Learn to Swim Week 2016


For the third year in a row Kids Alive is lending its support to Learn to Swim Week.

Held from 24 September – 2 October 2016 the goal is to give every child aged under five in Australia and New Zealand the chance to learn to swim this season and remind everyone about the importance of water safety!
Hundreds of swim schools across the country are participating in a bid to help reduce drowning statistics by teaching vital water safety skills that just might save their life.
Unfortunately, recent research by Learn to Swim Week revealed only 51 percent of parents take their children to swimming lessons. And of those, 14 percent only take the eldest child. 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 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 To Swim Week.
Any swim schools interested in joining the Learn to Swim School 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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