International Water Safety Day – May 15 2019

International Water Safety Day – May 15 2019

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Every hour, every day, more than 40 people lose their lives to drowning. 372,000 people drown each year, with those under 5 years old at greatest risk. Globally, over half of all drowning deaths are under 25 years old. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths. (World Health Organization, 2016).

Australia’s water safety guru Laurie Lawrence, is getting behind International Water Safety Day and visiting Blue Dolphin Swim Centre in Adelaide’s Happy Valley. Laurie believes that local swim schools are the best place for parents to go to find out how to keep their child safe in and around water. Laurie said “Get down to your local swim school and become educated on swimming and water safety. Learning to swim, coupled with continual education on water safety messages can save lives.”

Lawrence’s Kids Alive Do The Five program is funded by the Australian Government. To educate Australian parents Laurie has just released a new book Living with Water which is distributed free to parents via the New Mothers Bounty Bag.

Media Call – 10 AM, Wednesday 15th May 2019

Blue Dolphin Swim Centre, 5 Glory Court Happy Valley SA 5150

Photo Opportunities – Interviews with Laurie Lawrence, Local Politicians invited to the event, parents and children participating is swimming lessons  Contact – [email protected] 0412516430

Additional Resources  

About International Water Safety Day https://www.internationalwatersafetyday.org/

Australia’s Drowning Statistics https://www.royallifesaving.com.au/facts-and-figures/research-and-reports

Website Resources https://www.internationalwatersafetyday.org/water-safety-rules.html

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