• Traumpaar: Mutter und Kind beim Badeplausch (Learn2Swim)
Children under five are four times more likely to drown than older children. In a bid to counter this national tragedy, Australia's swim schools are offering free swimming lessons to children under five.
Christian Froelicher

13 Sep 2017 - 4:20 PM  UPDATED 13 Sep 2017 - 4:21 PM

Learn2Swim Week will run from 23rd September to 2nd October. Hundreds of swim schools around the country will teach children under five the lifesaving skills they need should they get into trouble in the water.

What age should parents start taking their kids to swim lessons?

Laurie Lawrence, Learn2Swim Week Ambassador and former Australian rugby player, explains.

To find a participating swim school near your location, go to and type in your postcode.