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Bairnsdale outdoor pool. Photo: East Gippsland Shire Council.

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Bairnsdale outdoor pool. Photo: East Gippsland Shire Council.

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South-west parents and carers are being encouraged to learn CPR with a free online course being offered in partnership between Poolwerx and the Australian Red Cross.

the initiative will run from the 1st to the 15th of April as a new survey reveals 1 in 20 Australian parents have given or know someone who has given CPR.

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The first 4,000 individuals to sign up on Poolwerx’s AprilPoolsDay.com.au website will receive a free online CPR course from Australian Red Cross valued at $49.

Following completion of the online unit, individuals receive a 20 per cent discount to complete either a Red Cross certified First Aid or CPR course; or First Aid for Babies and Children course (all available as either blended/live or virtual).

To help new CPR students cement their learning, Poolwerx also crafted a CPR playlist on Spotify, for Australians to pick their favourite 110 beats per minute song – the recommended rate to perform chest compressions.

Former Olympic swim coach and life-long advocate for water safety Laurie Lawrence once again backed the initiative to equip Australians with life-saving CPR skills.

“Over 90 per cent of Aussies believe CPR should be compulsory for all parents and pool owners, and I couldn't agree more,” Mr Lawrence said.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted the number of swimming lessons young children have participated in over the past year, causing their confidence in and around the water to drop. With 248 Australian lives3 tragically lost in 2020 due to drowning, it is imperative for parents, caregivers and pool owners to know CPR. It can be the difference between life and death.”

Laurie Lawrence revealed his go-to song to practice CPR to was Yellow Submarine by The Beatles. “An oldie, but a goodie,” Mr Lawrence said.

Australian Red Cross first aid trainer Ross Kennedy echoed Mr Lawrence’s sentiment, highlighting the importance of adequate water safety skills and learning CPR should tragedy strike.

“It only takes a few seconds of unsupervised play by the water for a young child to find themselves in a life threatening situation. A child is four times more likely to survive drowning if administered CPR so it is absolutely vital parents have this skill,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Ross himself always sings along to Staying Alive by The Bee Gees when practicing chest compressions. “You really can’t go wrong with a classic,” Mr. Kennedy said.

Poolwerx founder and CEO John O’Brien said April Pools Day served as a timely reminder for parents to always be prepared and keep their children safe around water.

“As we head into the Easter long weekend and family gatherings abound, we continue to champion water safety and urge Australians to come together and learn a new skill this April Pools Day. It may very well save a life,” Mr O’Brien said.

Mr O’Brien’s favourite song to practice CPR to is Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple. “Having such an iconic song to keep pace to helps keep my compressions on time and my mind focused,” Mr O’Brien said.

To sign up for the free online CPR course, please visit AprilPoolsDay.com.au.

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