Partnership Forged to Help Prevent Child Drownings

Mayor Pam Parker with Councillor Bradley, Laurie Lawrence and Councillor Pidgeon.

Last year, 28 children in Australia under the age of five drowned.

But an exciting partnership between Logan City Council’s multi award-winning Aqualogan Swim Program and the renowned Laurie Lawrence Swim School hopes to help change this frightening statistic.

This week, Council and Laurie agreed to a long term partnership which will see Laurie transfer his award-winning and nationally-renowned swim school from its current location in Millers Rd, Underwood, to the Aqualogan Springwood facility. To be launched on Tuesday 2 October, the partnership stands to have significant benefits to swimmers of all ages. Logan Mayor Pam Parker said the partnership would combine the best aspects of the Laurie Lawrence Swim School Program and the award winning Aqualogan Learn to Swim Program to help prevent children becoming another statistic. ”This is truly an exciting opportunity for the families of this city,” she said. ”Living in the Sunshine State, water-based recreational activities are a part of life so it is imperative parents do everything they can to ensure their children have the skills to be able to swim. ”Council has worked hard over the years to develop our own award-winning learn to swim program and I am delighted that Laurie has taken the opportunity to strengthen it even further by adding his knowledge and skills – the winners will undoubtedly be our children.”

Laurie, renowned for his Kids Alive – Do the Five program, does not shy away from his passion for getting parents to accept their responsibility of teaching their children how to swim – far from it. In fact, his startling comparison of statistics rings home just how much work needs to be done in this all-important area. ”Last year, 28 kids under five drowned – that’s a busload of kids. If a busload of Logan kids went over the mountain it would be a national tragedy,” he said. Parks, Sport and Community Services Committee Chair, Councillor Phil Pidgeon (Division 9), said Laurie would take an active role in the new partnership, helping instructors and swimmers alike. ”It is great to know Laurie will be at the pool very regularly teaching the instructors, giving them a hand and working with the kids,” he said. ”Combining Laurie’s knowledge and expertise with our own quality program promises to develop what is on offer at Aqualogan into a very strong swimming program.” He said the revamped learn to swim program would be more consistent and feature four terms of 11 weeks.

Laurie knows just what it takes to make a great swimmer – and the benefits of the sport. And he is adamant there is no reason why another Australian swimming great can’t be a product of the new partnership. ”I am looking forward to working with Council to build Aqualogan into a very strong swimming program,” he said. ”What we want to create here is a group of swimming teachers and junior coaches that will be second to none in the world.” Councillor Lisa Bradley (Division 1) said as part of the launch of the partnership, every child to register with the Aqualogan Springwood Aquatic Centre in the Kids Alive – Do the Five program would be entitled to five free 30 minute lessons. ”Aqualogan Springwood is Logan City’s premier aquatic facility and Laurie’s recognition of this by joining forces with Council is testament to the wonderful work we have done over the years to improve the pool itself and develop our learn to swim program,” she said. ”I encourage parents in Brisbane to contact Aqualogan Springwood on 07 3120 1600 and enrol them in the next term of swimming lessons.”


  1. Laurie is also to be congratulated on taking positive steps towards improving the quality of of the pool water children are being taught to swim in. This is very important because over the years Australian swim schools have failed to keep up with advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) for the better disinfection of public pool water particlularly where Aquatic centres enjoy high patronage but also have very high bather loads leading to poor water quality.
    It is important that Councils in particular, be aware that of the harm that can be caused to the health of their patrons when new or upgraded aquatic centres fail to install adequate equipment to control unwanted disinfection by products.
    It is time that we learnt how to ensure patrons go home without the unhealthy “smelly skin” – that “eau de chlorine” – which poor quality bathing water imparts to swimmers.
    Alan Lewis Pool COnsultant Sydney

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