A new partnership between YMCA Auckland, Plunket Auckland, and Auckland Council is increasing the push for zero drownings in the under-five age group across Auckland by offering half price swimming lessons for preschoolers at eight Council owned and operated pools.
In 2017, seven children under the age of five drowned in New Zealand, that’s two more than in 2016. Of those seven fatalities, five occurred in home pools. In that same year, a further 26 children were hospitalised as a result of near fatal drowning incidents.
YMCA Auckland and Plunket Auckland have, since 2017, collaborated to deliver water safety sessions to 17,500 pre-schoolers via the four Auckland Council pools run by YMCA Auckland:
- Lagoon Pool and Leisure Centre
- Onehunga War Memorial Pool
- Cameron Pool and Leisure Centre
- Glen Innes Pool and Leisure Centre.
A new partnership between YMCA Auckland, Plunket Auckland and Auckland Council is increasing the push for zero drownings in the under-five age group across Auckland by adding another four Auckland Council owned and operated pools to the list:
- Tepid Baths
- West Wave Pool and Leisure Centre
- Albany Stadium Pool
- Manurewa Pool and Leisure Centre.
Auckland pre-schoolers aged three months to five years will have access to half price swimming and water safety lessons at all eight sites from 29th April 2019. Another five council pools will be brought into the fold over the next three years. The staff at participating pools receive training and education to ensure our water safety product is consistent across all eight sites.
Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Community Committee, says “Being safe around water – whether it’s a pool, at the beach or river – is essential to living an active life in Auckland. This partnership will equip our young people with the knowledge and skills to be safe and survive in and around water.”
This article was written with information supplied by YMCA