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Swimming lessons to save lives


Harmony Starchild will be running swimming lessons at Bourke and Brewarrina swimming pools this summer. Photo TWH

Local swimming instructor, Harmony Starchild, is on a mission to save lives, not just by teaching youngsters their basic skills, but to educate parents and children about the high price to be paid if they don’t know how to stay safe around water.

Harmony runs the ‘Miss Harmony Swim School’ with lessons beginning in Bourke and Brewarrina in the next two weeks as the summer season kicks in.

Her message is not just about fun – Harmony knows from her own tragic experience that children can drown in a matter of seconds, and not just at the swimming pool.

In 2015, Harmony’s two-and-a-half-year-old daughter drowned in a dam on a family property and since then, she has dedicated her life to saving the lives of other children, with her lessons focused firmly on safety around water – at home, around swimming pools, and at rivers and dams.

The statistics back Harmony’s plea to parents to be aware of the dangers. In the last ten years July 2011 to June 2021, 105 children aged 5 – 14 years drowned in Australia. On average there were 10 child drowning deaths per year.

“Having lost my own daughter to drowning, I understand how important this safety message is,” Harmony said. […]

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