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While swimming is an important part of Australian culture, drowning remains one of the highest causes of accidental death in children.
The recent National Drowning Report compiled by Royal Life Saving shows child drowning deaths in Australia have again risen. Between July 1 2009 and June 30 2010, 48 children aged 0-14 years drowned. The majority of these drownings are preventable.
Eliminating child drowning
With the number of children being born in Australia rising; parents, government and the community must address the often neglected risk of child drowning before further lives are lost this summer.
Child drowning remains a significant cause of preventable death, particularly in children aged under 5 years. Parents and carers can reduce this risk and provide their children with valuable skills for life by following a number of actions.
These actions are: supervise your child, restrict your child’s access to water, teach your child to be water aware and learn resuscitation.
To ensure your child stays safe in the water:
Royal Life Saving top swim safety tips:
Video: National Drowning Report