Sadly we are hearing of young children drowning in creeks, rivers, dams, back-yard swimming pools and in the ocean as the warmer weather entices people to the water wherever it may be. It is very important that people know how to swim if they are to engage in water activities and sports. The best time to learn is when you are very young. If your child has water confidence and can swim it means that they can enjoy water activities as a recreational pastime and if they can't swim then they are particularly vulnerable. Children need to learn how to swim but it is also very important for them to have lots of opportunities to be in water to develop their skills and become competent swimmers. No one should swim alone and this holds true for young children. We all need to be alert to the potential dangers in and around water and always be watchful and alert so that drowning does not become a tragedy that touches the lives of any of us.