Kids Alive Do the Five in Port Pirie

Lifesaver Lil, left, Nikita Apostolopoulos, Molly Hudson, Liam Welch, Ellie Fisher, Elliott Black and Laurie Lawrence doing the five.
Lifesaver Lil, left, Nikita Apostolopoulos, Molly Hudson, Liam Welch, Ellie Fisher, Elliott Black and Laurie Lawrence doing the five.

Laurie Lawrence has visited the Bubble ‘n’ Squeak Child Development Centre in Port Pirie South to spread his message of water safety for young children.

Mr Lawrence is a former Australian Olympic swimming coach and has since gone on to develop the Kids Alive water safety program.

He has taken his focus from previously directing his message to parents to now directing his message to preschools.

Mr Lawrence entertained the children with magic and read them his books on water safety, before getting the children dancing and singing for his famous educational song about water safety.

The song is for both parents and children and explains to fence the pool, shut the gate, teach your kids to swim, supervise and learn how to resuscitate.  

Mr Lawrence has now released four books, with a DVD and CD as well, with each teaching the importance of water safety while entertaining children and making the information more memorable.

The four books each provide a message about water safety, but in a different location, with a story set at the pool, the beach, around the home and on the farm.

Mr Lawrence says the key to children remembering the message is the use of rhyming and music, making it both fun and memorable.  

With the help of Australia Post this year, he has managed to increase the number of books distributed from 25,000 to 82,500.

“Our goal is zero preschool deaths,” Mr Lawrence said.

“This summer, South Australia, no preschool drownings. That’s the goal!”