Spreading water safety messages through dance

Kids enjoying the Ready Set Dance Program with Laurie Lawrence.

COMPLETE Performing Arts and Classical Coaching in Taylors Beach has partnered with Kids Alive – Do the Five to bring a unique water safety dance show to children under five in the local community.

Studio principal Madelyn Comley said her performing arts school, Complete PACC, part of the 250-strong Ready Set Dance studios across Australia, would be performing a Ready Set Dance Water Safety Show locally, bringing water safety messages to life through dance.

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“We will be sharing the shows with under fives in the local community, delivering important water safety messages in a fun and informative way,” Madelyn Comley told News Of The Area,

“Using the popular Kids Alive songs, based around water safety at the beach, pool and farm, we have created our own water safety dance show with the aim of getting under fives and their parents thinking about water safety.”

Kids Alive Managing Director Emma Lawrence said the partnership with Ready Set Dance had the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of under fives across Australia.

“We’re excited that Complete PACC at Taylors Beach will be part of the nationwide program of Ready Set Dance Water Safety Dance Shows,” she said.

“The partnerships created with Ready Set Dance means that water safety messages will not only be reaching the almost 20,000 pre-schoolers who attend Ready Set Dance studios across Australia, but the studios will now be broadening that reach within their local communities through their shows.”

In the past year, there were seventeen drowning deaths among children aged zero to four years.

While this is a 29 percent decrease on the previous year and a 23 percent decrease on the ten-year average, Kids Alive’s goal is to get this number to zero.

Madelyn Comley said Ready Set Dance teachers received online training through Kids Alive and the content of the water safety shows aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and National Quality Standards.

“The initiative also aligns with the Australian Water Safety Strategy (AWSS) 2030, with the AWSS identifying the under-fives as one of the most vulnerable groups to drowning and recognising the need for further education to this group,” she said.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this water safety education program in our local community.”


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