Gatton takes the plunge in Swim Safer week
THERE were crocodiles aplenty in Gatton Pool this week and the swimming kids loved every minute of it.
These crocodiles were the hand-motions of parents as they passed on swimming teacher Roxy Edwards' lessons
to their toddlers about how to survive in the water should they accidentally fall in.
The fun and games were part of an innovative approach to swim safety rolled out national as part of Swim Safer Week.
There is a serious message behind the fun.
With the summer holidays fast approaching, Australia is heading into peak drowning period, with one third of all drowning deaths occurring in the summer months.
Gatton Swim School manager Trish Reinhardt said the week's main objective was to highlight vital water safety messaging, focussing on the importance of an Emergency Action Plan in and around aquatic environments.
"The kids are of all ages and they love it - especially the youngest ones who can't wait to get in the pool," Ms Reinhardt said.
"During Swim Safer Week, swimming lessons will continue as normal, however we will be incorporating elements suggested by Swim Australia specifically designed to enhance the safety of children around water, to promote family discussion at home and to also raise parental awareness."
Swim Safer Week runs at Gatton Pool and nationally until Sunday.