WATER safety guru and former successful Olympic swimming coach Laurie Lawrence recently joined Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre as part of International Water Safety Day to raise awareness about infant drownings.
This follows Mr Lawrence having just released a new book titled ‘Living with Water’, educating Australian parents about how to look after their children near water.
The book is distributed with the support of the Australian Governemnt free to parents via the New Mothers Bounty Bag.
“This fantastic resource developed by Laurie is exceptionally worthy of government support,” Senator Abetz said.
“Water education and safety is important for all ages, but especially for toddlers because drowning is the leading cause of death of children aged one to four.
“Every death of a child is tragic and we must do everything we can to educate parents in water safety for their children.”
Mr Lawrence previously launched the ‘Kids Alive Do the Five’ campaign in 1988 to reduce the number of drownings.
The focus of his Living with Water DVD was to reduce drownings and serious injuries of babies and toddlers up to five years of age.
“Laurie’s campaigns have largely been responsible for reducing the number of drownings in infants from an annual figure in the year 2000 of 63 down to 18 last year – that is still 18 too many,” Senator Abetz said.
Senator Abetz said considering safety around pools, dams and baths would have a wide community impact by helping save many lives and preventing families from facing the trauma of tragedies.
“Laurie Lawrence is an Australian icon for what he has achieved in his ongoing campaign to educate Australians on drowning prevention,” he said.
For more information, visit https://kidsalive.com.au.
Caption: Laurie Lawrence, Emma Lawrence and Senator Eric Abetz ‘Do The Five’.