Free swim lessons for children 5 and under at Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace pools during Learn2Swim Week

Free swim lessons for Port children 5 and under

Port Stephens parents and carers of children aged 5 and under have the opportunity to enroll them in free swim lessons as part of Learn2Swim Week.

Poolwerx and Kids Alive has once again partnered with swim schools at Lakeside Leisure Centre and Tomaree Aquatic Centre to offer free swimming lessons for young children between Friday, September 25 and Sunday, October 4.

Port Stephens Poolwerx representative Stephen Doran encouraged parents to take advantage of the free classes.

"We know swimming is a favourite pastime for all Australians, but sadly, we also know toddlers are most at risk of drowning, particularly in backyards. This is why it is crucial to introduce kids to water safety when they are little," Mr Doran said.

"As the world's largest global franchise pool service brand, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to promote safe water practices in our community. Australians are building 20,000 pools in their backyard every year, so Learn2Swim Week remains a really important initiative.

"Swimming lessons are also a great way for parents to bond with their little ones, and create fun waterside memories."

Last year, 19 children aged under 5 drowned in Australia, 12 in backyard pools.

Sign up for a free class at learn2swimweek.com.