Michael Klim insists we need swim lessons in schools

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Olympic gold medallist Michael Klim has renewed calls for the introduction of mandatory swimming lessons in all Victorian schools.

“A lot of schools in the state are on the front foot with water safety and are proactive. I think (mandatory lessons) are something we should definitely consider,” Mr Klim said.

“I don’t think you can put a cost on a child’s life. Most parents are happy to pay for that swimming lesson,” he said.

A Life Saving Victoria report revealed more than 39,000 year six students were unable to swim 50m in 2012.

And the organisation’s drowning report for the 2013-14 financial year found there were 47 drowning deaths in the state.

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