‘Keep Watch’ over children near water this summer

Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is urging parents to keep watch over their children around any water source this summer no matter what.

Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council’s award-winning Downs Little Lifeguards water safety program is preparing for the summer’s activities.

Mayor Antonio said the Downs Little Lifeguards program evolved from the Just One campaign.

“The original program highlighted that one act, such as active supervision, knowing CPR, doing a first aid course, checking safety equipment or enrolling in swimming lessons, could save a life,” Mayor Antonio said.

“TRC Aquatic Centre staff and volunteers from Royal Lifesaving Queensland devised the more targeted Downs Little Lifeguards to provide a community focussed water safety education program.

“More than 400 young people have completed the drowning prevention program since it started in 2014,” Mayor Antonio said.

“Council is committed to educating the community and eliminating drowning deaths, especially in inland waterways.

“The goal is to teach as many families as possible swimming survival skills and talk about unknown dangers in dams, creeks and rivers.”

TRC Community Development and Facilities portfolio leader Cr Geoff McDonald said Australian summers were synonymous with swimming and regional aquatic centres were looking forward to a busy season.

“This year we are encouraging parents to avoid distractions around pools to prevent drowning deaths,” Cr McDonald said.

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