Families behind campaign

SAFETY IN POOL: Matilda Yarrow and Bec Yarrow at the Mundubbera swimming pool.
SAFETY IN POOL: Matilda Yarrow and Bec Yarrow at the Mundubbera swimming pool. Philippe Coquerand

NORTH Burnett families are backing the News Queensland campaign implement a State Government-funded learn- to-swim program in schools.

Mother Bec Yarrow believes swimming was a skill that should be taught to children from a young age.

"Swimming is a life skill, it's the whole reason why Matilda is in swim club, she doesn't have to perform well, I just want her to swim,” Mrs Yarrow said.

Mundubbera swimming coach Roslyn Mason said it was vital that schools had accredited trainers to teach kids how to swim.

"It's important that every child is taught to swim by a fully qualified swim teacher and that it is part of the school's curriculum,” Mrs Mason said.

"It's scary to see a lot of children don't know how to swim in the region when there are dams and rivers.”

She believes children around the age of four were better suited to learn how to swim.

A discussion will be held tomorrow between the State Government and swim safety stakeholders to discuss ways to implement a statewide learn-to-swim program. Education Minister Grace Grace said she would talk to Surf Life Saving Queensland, P&C groups and Queensland schools later this week.

"We're all getting together to talk about, is there a better way for us to deliver a swimming program in Queensland,” Ms Grace said.

"The message can not be strong enough from myself, you need to teach children to swim as soon as possible. Schools have an important role to play.”

with The Courier-Mail

Topics:  learn to swim north burnett safety sos campaign swim campaign swim schools

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