Laurie Lawrence talks tips for a water-safe summer

Sunday, 09 January, 2011

Hot on the heels of the release of Royal Life Saving Society's NSW Drowning Report, Laurie Lawrence has teamed up with Australian company D&D Technologies, pioneers of the world's safest pool gate latch, the MagnaLatch®, to provide water safety tips ahead of a busy summer of swimming.

Tragically, eight children under the age of five years drowned in the 12 months up to June 30, 2010, with six of those deaths occurring in backyard swimming pools. Drownings in backyard swimming pools are always PREVENTABLE.

Mr Lawrence, a swim safety crusader, and D&D Technologies, briefed media on pool safety in the hope of ensuring every NSW child makes it through the swimming season safe and well. It was held on Tuesday 7 December 2010 at Cook + Phillip Park Aquatic and Fitness Centre.


Laurie Lawrence, former Australian Olympic swim team coach and founder of the National Child Water Safety Program, "Kids Alive", will be promoting the importance of pool safety with the help of his 18-month-old granddaughter, Evie.

Lawrence will also be providing professional coaching tips as well as demonstrating world-champion swimming techniques using tiny Evie as his protégé. Proving that it's never too early to learn how to swim and survive around water, Evie will be swimming alongside him.

Representatives from D&D Technologies were demonstrating how to make sure the gates on backyard swimming pool fences are well maintained and able to keep families safe this summer.

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