Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke helps Lachlan Corbett, 4, and his brother Thomas, 6, into the water at Young Aquatic Centre.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke helped spread the message of water safety during a visit to Young Aquatic Centre today.

Ms Cooke, a passionate swimmer and former competitor, shared the NSW Government’s message about safety in and around water.

“This is the perfect time of year for kids to enjoy splashing around, whether it’s at a family trip to a beach or river, or just a nice afternoon at the local pool like here at the fabulous Young Aquatic Centre,” Ms Cooke said.

“But while there’s always plenty of fun to be had, we want to make sure that everybody goes home safely, and that’s why the NSW Government is working with the Royal Life Saving Society to create the ‘Swim and Survive’ program.

“The NSW Government has given $250,000 to the Royal Life Saving Society to deliver water safety lessons for children aged six to 14 so that they have the knowledge to be water smart not only this summer, but for life.

“Lachlan and Thomas Corbett had some fun with me today and the Swim and Survive program would give them the skills to ensure their enjoyment of water is a lifelong pleasure,” Ms Cooke added.

For more information on the NSW Be Water Safe, Not Sorry water safety campaign, visit: www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au.

For more information on water safety programs, visit www.royallifesaving.com.au.