Belmont, Perth,

Be safe in the water this summer says SJA

St John Ambulance WA has called on the Western Australian community to be “water safe” this summer.

It is especially important for parents to be watchful of young children at all times when near water and to know basic First Aid skills.

St John State Manager for Business Services Greg Massam said that knowing First Aid skills can potentially save the life of someone you love.

“It’s the first few minutes of any emergency that are vital,” he said, ”how you react can mean the difference between life and death.”

“If someone is not breathing, and no-one performs resuscitation, then their chance of survival is greatly reduced.

“When you think that it only takes from three hours and the price of about two movie tickets to learn how to help save someone you love, we should all be taking the time each year to learn, or upgrade, these life skills.

“A moment is all it takes, even for the most cautious parents. Accidents can happen in backyard swimming pools, ponds, bathtubs and beaches, even if there is a relatively low level of water.”

Twenty-nine people drowned in Western Australia in 2011/12.

Mr Massam said it was part of St John’s mission to ensure at least one person in every Western Australian household was trained in first aid.

St John provides a range of First Aid courses and First Aid equipment. Visit: or call 9334 1233.

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