When I was growing up, I learned to swim at school.
We brought our swimming bags twice a week and swam in the 25-metre pool on the grounds of our Brisbane state school.
These days, very few schools even have water safety on the curriculum — let alone their own pool — and a new report says if parents don’t step up and book their kids into swimming lessons outside school, come summer we’re going to see more children drowning in rivers, pools and the ocean.
The 2017 Coast Safe report, released today, has discovered Aussie kids children are not learning vital water-safety skills because of costs and accessibility.
Photo by Katelyn Fay