Dippy ducks into town to quack a big message
Hedland kids have learnt about water safety and supervision from seasoned swimming professional, Dippy the Duck.
The fluffy feathered Royal Life Saving WA mascot and Pilbara development officer Jacqui Forbes were in town to dispense advice about safety around water in the spring and summer months, at the Port and South Hedland libraries last week.
Tips included how to keep watch of children in and around water, controlling children’s access to pools and the importance of learning to swim.
RLSWA senior manager of Health Promotion and Research, Lauren Nimmo said the presentations were one of a number of water safety activities including first aid courses, Swim and Survive programs and water safety talks.
“Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death in children under the age of five in Australia and there was a concerning spike in toddler drowning over the last year with five deaths recorded in WA,” she said.
“Our community education in Hedland is one way we are reminding parents of the need to be vigilant ahead of the summer months to prevent a tragedy.
“Some 46 per cent of drowning deaths recorded in WA in 2017-18 occurred in regional WA.
“This is a significant over-representation and RLSWA is determined to turn these statistics around by providing water safety programs in regional locations throughout the year.”
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