LEARNING a few basic lifesaving skills at a young age can go a long way towards saving lives and staying safe when going out swimming.
Being a competent young swimmer can help a child, and parents need to let their children learn basic swimming skills.
Fiji Water Safety Council representative Bronwyn Soko said basic life-saving skills training was being offered to children from the age of eight to 15 years every week at the sailing centre in Suva.
Mrs Soko said the importance of the program was to get children to learn water safety, swimming skills and beach awareness in a fun environment with their peers.
"We have children from Vatuwaqa Primary School, Holy Trinity Anglican School and Yat Sen Primary School and they have found that this is a very interesting program for them to be a part of," she said.
"The biggest advice that we give to children is that they always need to make sure that their mums and dads know where they are going and that they are always with an adult when going out swimming."