Kids Alive Do The Five and The Canberra and Region Multiple Birth Association (CARMBA) are calling for volunteers to help families with regular swimming lessons for twins and triplets in the pool.
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 CARMBA Water Awareness pilot program with Queanbeyan Aquatic Centre 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 CARMBA Water Awareness pilot program and will assist families in the pool during regular swimming lessons by accompanying a child aged between 4 months and 4 years old.