Former Olympic coach comes to Geraldton

Laurie_Banora_Pool Former Olympic swimming coach Laurie Lawrence will visit the Geraldton Aquarena tomorrow advocating water safety in his role as ambassador for the Royal Life Saving Keep Watch program.

Mr Lawrence will conduct a professional development session for local swim instructors and will launch the new Royal Life Saving Infant Aquatics program.

The Keep Watch Program aims to prevent toddler drowning by promoting four key messages to parents; parent supervision at all times around water, have a secure home pool fence, learn CPR and enrol your child in an infant aquatics class.

The Infant Aquatics program is delivered at 62 Endorsed Swim Schools throughout WA, 32 metropolitan centres and 30 regional centres including Geraldton Aquarena. Last year more than 20,000 infants and their parents participated in the Royal Life Saving Infant Aquatics program in WA.

"This program is all about lifting the quality of learning to swim, not only in the country but also particularly in WA as they've embraced the program," he said.

"It's all about water safety for under 5's and how we can stop drownings."

A Junior Lifeguard Club development session will be run in the afternoon for local children. The Junior Lifeguard Club is a Royal Life Saving Society program that is an aquatic education alternative to traditional swimming lessons for kids who want to combine their passion for swimming with the ability to learn new lifesaving skills.

The program is an opportunity for kids to join a club that will advance their aquatic skills in a fun environment while maintaining strong club feelings and loyalties. It acts as a stepping stone for the future lifesavers and lifeguards in WA.

The Junior Lifeguard Club session will run from 4.30-5.30pm at the Aquarena and children who are at Stage 8 and above are encouraged to come along.

For more information or to register contact the Aquarena on 9921 8844.