NORTHERN Tasmanian holiday makers have been warned to keep a sharp eye on water safety this summer.
The North's well-attended beaches, rivers and even dams all have dangerous elements that must be respected for safety, according to Launceston Swim School owner-instructor Lindy Crack.
Mrs Crack said she had her share of waterside scares while her children were young and encouraged awareness this summer.
``Parents need to supervise their children around the water at all times,'' Mrs Crack said.
``My son nearly drowned twice when he was 18 months old, he could have been a statistic but we were there to supervise.''
She said parents should always be vigilant, even in areas where lifeguards were present.
``What we try to do is teach children about the dangers of water, but also how to enjoy a water environment,'' Mrs Crack said.
She said one of her past students was able to survive in a high-risk drowning incident by following one of the safety mantras.
``At the time she was four years old . . . she rode her bike off a jetty and into the Tamar River,'' Mrs Crack said.
``By remembering what we taught her; to turn around and swim back where she came from, she was able to make it back to shore.
``She's 12 now instead of a statistic.''
Launceston Swim School runs swimming education classes for all ages. For details go to www.launcestonswimschool.com.au
Deloraine Rotary Club's Learn to Swim program will have a registration day at Deloraine pool from 10am to 4pm, Thursday, January 2. For details contact Gayle Gerrard on 6362 3035.
Summer swimming safety tips:
Don't swim alone.
Obey all rules.
Never jump or dive into unknown waters.
Be wary of steep drop-offs at the beach.