Laurie Lawrence has spent many years in the water, but even more teaching young children how to be water-safe.
On Tuesday the Olympic swimming coach stopped by Launceston Aquatic Centre to share copies of his latest water safety book Living with Water.
Drowning remains the highest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia.
However through his Kids Alive Do the Five program, Mr Lawrence said Australia had come a long way in preventing drownings.
"It is all about saving kids lives really," he said.
"We have been doing Kids Alive now nationally since 2000, after starting in Queensland.
"Once we saw the results, we knew we had to take it national and we haven't stopped since."
According to a 2018 drowning trends report from Royal Lifesaving Australia, Tasmania recorded the lowest number of child drownings in Australia at six, for children aged four and under between 2002 and 2018.
For Launceston mother Alison Edmunds, making sure her two-year-old son Ari was confident in the water was a top priority.
"I want him to have fun in the pool of course, but safety is always the priority," she said.
"For me, knowing he is not confident in the water, it becomes a major worry for any parent."
Mr Lawrence said education and awareness remained vital tools in preventing drownings, but said there was nothing more valuable then water confidence.
"As a result of our education campaigns, drowning statistics in Australia have gone from 63 [drowning deaths a year] down to 18 last year, for kids under five," he said.
"Tasmania for the last couple of years has been fantastic, with zero preschool drownings and I put a lot of that down to facilities like this.
"Children are becoming water smart and they are learning to save themselves, which is fantastic.
"Because I can give out all the water safety books, which is fantastic, but it's not teaching them to swim.
"Learning to enjoy the water safely is what's most important."
Mr Lawrence will visit the Hobart Aquatic Centre on Wednesday.
- For more information, visit the Kids Alive website.