Toowoomba Regional Council is urging parents to keep watch over their children around any water source this summer.
As an added safety reminder, TRC has launched the Royal Life Saving Society of Australia’s bright yellow ‘Keep Watch’ wristbands that will be used in all Council aquatic centres.
Single use wristbands will be provided to families when they enter TRC aquatic facilities.
Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said Council’s award-winning Downs Little Lifeguards water safety program had been extended to include regional pool visits in the past week to reach a wide selection of school children before the busy school holiday season.
Mayor Antonio said the Downs Little Lifeguards program evolved from the Just One campaign which 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.
He said the more targeted Downs Little Lifeguards was devised by TRC Aquatic Centre staff and volunteers from Royal Lifesaving Queensland to provide a community water safety education program.
“More than 200 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.”
“The yellow bands will be worn by the child to remind parents and guardians they need to be in the water at all times with their child and within an arm’s reach.
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