Launch of Water Awareness Program
The Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association (CARMBA), in partnership with the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre, are launching their Water Awareness Program. The program will commence on 10am Friday 30th of September at the Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre (Campbell Street, Queanbeyan). This is the first program specifically designed to cater for the unique needs of multiple birth children and families. The program with the aid of volunteers will allow parents with multiple birth children to participate in swimming lessons.
Earlier this year Laurie Lawrence and his Kids Alive Do The Five campaign showed support for the program and were featured on WIN news and 666 radio calling for awareness of the importance of swimming lessons and seeking volunteers from the community for the program.
Swimming lessons can only be given to children if there is an adult in the pool holding each child and this can be impossible for multiple birth families which leaves them at a disadvantage.
Accidental drowning accounts for 19 per cent of all child related deaths. Children aged less than 5 are most vulnerable to drowning. Reasons for children drowning include lack of efficient water skills and lack of resuscitation skills.
The program aims to increase water safety awareness through a number of pool based activities for multiple birth families, including regular swimming lessons.
Volunteers are a critical element of the program and will assist families in the pool during regular swimming lessons by accompanying a child aged between 4 months and 4 years old, whilst the parent supervises the other child.
A number of families with multiple children aged between 4 months and 4 years will be participating in the pilot on Friday from 10.00am.