Water Safety by the Book!

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The Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia has launched their new childrens water safety book with the help of Steve Irons, local MP and the books character Dippy Duck. The Lynwood Ferndale playgroup hosted the event where The Adventures of Dippy Duck was read to the children by Steve Irons with Dippy Duck there to help hand out give-a-ways and interact with the kids.

The book was created to target children aged 3-5 with the Keep Watch water safety messages as a way to expand the Keep Watch program. The program has been running successfully in Western Australia for 14 years and was looking for new ways to access the target group.

The book covers water safety around the home and promotes the four Keep Watch messages, Supervision, restricting access, water familiarisation, and learning resuscitation.

Mr Irons said the Keep Watch program saved lives. WA has been seeing low toddler drowning rates, but we must stay vigilant to ensure we keep the rate as low as possible or zero.

Keep Watch Co-ordinator Katherine Celenza said it targeted children as an important strategy to expand the program. Getting children involved in their water safety is a new area for the program and hopefully Dippys messages will link in with other safety messages the kids are learning she said.

If you would like a free copy of the book please contact Katherine at Royal Life Saving WA on 9383 8200 or kcelenza@rlsswa.com.au