Free lessons and activities for Water Safety Week

Published Wednesday, 11th September 2019

Swimming lessons
Free swimming lessons will be held during Water Safety Week

Fairfield City Leisure Centres will run free demonstrations and classes to encourage water safety in the community, as part of NSW Water Safety Week from 30 September to 4 October.

During Water Safety Week, Fairfield City Council's three Leisure Centres are offering free Learn to Swim classes for beginner swimmers (bookings essential) and CPR demonstrations.

Free swimming lessons are being offered at Prairiewood Leisure Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; at Cabravale Leisure Centre on Tuesday; and Fairfield Leisure Centre on Thursday.

There will also be CPR and lifeguard rescue demonstrations and visits from Active Gator.

At Prairiewood Leisure Centre, there will be a free inflatable obstacle course on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 1pm.

Fairfield City mayor Frank Carbone said it is important for children and adults alike to be confident and safe when around water.

“Summer is just around the corner and is a wonderful time to get outdoors and be healthy and active while finding fun ways to stay cool,” Mayor Carbone said.

“It is important though that while having fun that we are all water-wise. It is a common misconception that children are most at risk of drowning. Adults are just as at risk without the proper care and training.

“Council is committed to doing everything it can to keep our residents safe by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to enjoy themselves safely while in the water.”

According to Royal Lifesaving Australia, 249 people drowned in Australia between July 2017 and June 2018.

Approximately 10 per cent of these drownings were children under 14 years. 38 per cent of drownings occurred in inland waterways and swimming pools.

Make sure your family is safe in the water this summer. Visit www.fairfieldcityleisurecentres.com.au or call 9725 0337 to book or for more information.