Swimming and water safety
On Saturday the 14th of November, Laurie Lawrence, his two granddaughters Evie and Harper Reid along with Lifesaver Lil, attended the Adelaide AUSTSWIM conference to deliver professional development to South Australian swimming and water safety teachers.
The AUSTSWIM teachers witnessed swimming and water safety demonstrations from Evie 6 and Harper 3, as well as demonstrations from 15 local children between 7 months and 12 years of age. This 2 and a half hour practical session was fantastic for teachers to see first hand teaching skills for a diverse range of ages and ability levels.
The following 2 hour theory session was opened by the Kids Alive costume character Lifesaver Lil with everyone singing to the” kids alive do the five” jingle. The near 100 delegates listened while Laurie read some of the water safety stories from pack for early learners which is supported by the Australian Government and distributed free via Australia Post. Laurie then enlisted the help of AUSTSWIM and the delegates who attending to see Lifesaver Lil continue on a water safety education tour of South Australia. Swim schools will be able to access the costume free of charge to engage with children at their center and wider community.
Video analysis of preschool learn to swim teaching then followed. Throughout the theory session the teachers were able to have their swimming and water safety questions answered. It was a great afternoon for sharing information which will help the learn to swim industry ensure best practice in teaching and fulfil their duty to educate the community on vital water safety messages.
Thank you to AUSTSWIM for coordinating the convention and allowing Kids Alive to push its water safety mantra. Remember Kids Alive – do the five!