Swim skills protect kids and prevent tragedy

TESTING THE WATER: Lilly and Linkin Halliday with trainee swim instructor Dionne Buckley at McMahon’s Swim Factory.
TESTING THE WATER: Lilly and Linkin Halliday with trainee swim instructor Dionne Buckley at McMahon’s Swim Factory. Claudia Baxter

WATER activities are fun and healthy for families to enjoy - especially during school holidays - but water play can also turn to tragedy in minutes.

According to Swim Australia, the greatest cause of accidental death for young children in Australia is drowning.

Teaching a child to swim is one "layer of protection" to make youngsters safer around water.

Ipswich's Swim Factory owner Peter McMahon said swimming was part of Australia's culture.

Intensive courses this month for children aged from three-and-a-half years are aimed to give youngsters a boost in their swimming ability.

"Essentially we want the children to be happy in the water, then we start the real stuff," Mr McMahon said.

"We're happy to have the parents there to support them."

Classes last for 30 minutes and are held from 9-11am.

Intensive courses are available from January 14-18 and 21-25 at The Swim Factory, 1 Martin St, Woodend.

Book on 3812 2923.

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