SUMMER SWIM: Prue Walker, of Lennox Head, teaches a group of local parents and their children.
SUMMER SWIM: Prue Walker, of Lennox Head, teaches a group of local parents and their children.

Swimsafe a big relief for kids, and the parents

By JENNIE DELL

IMAGINE a little child falling into a pool.

Instead of panicking and losing her battle with the water, she knows how to stay calm, get to the side of the pool, hold on, and sing out for help.

The Swimsafe program, run every summer for the past 30 years by the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation, has given 1.5 million children confidence, swimming ability and a knowledge of safety techniques.

This year's classes were launched this week at Ballina, to the relief of children keen to escape the heatwave washing over the region.

Lismore and Casino continued to top the region yesterday at 38C. Evans Head was 37, Ballina 30, Byron Bay 25, and Alstonville 28.

Most lessons are held through January and there are no children who cannot learn to swim, according to Sport and Recreation regional manager Paul Hernage.

The Swimsafe program holds classes for toddlers from 18 months old as well as schoolage children and adults.

To enrol children for classes in your area this summer phone 13 13 02.



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