Free CPR course could help you save a young life

Could you save the life of your grandchild if they stopped breathing?


With almost half of drowning deaths in children under four occurring in swimming pools[1], this year the April Pools Day pool safety campaign is providing a free online CPR course for grandparents that could help them save the life of their grandchild.


With over 837,000 Australian children now cared for by their grandparents in a typical week², the free course is aimed at educating grandparents on the lifesaving skill of CPR.


With only a few weeks left to take advantage of the free offer, John O’Brien, CEO and Founder of Poolwerx is encouraging grandparents who look after their grandchildren to sign up for the CPR course before it’s too late.

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“Poolwerx has teamed with Australian Red Cross and Laurie Lawrence’s Kids Alive program to make it simple, fast and free to get CPR training,” he said. “Grandparents wishing to complete the free online CPR course can visit any Poolwerx store throughout Australia until the end of April and they will be provided with a code word they can use to redeem the free introductory course3.”


Australian Red Cross First Aid Trainer Janie McCullagh said it was important for anyone looking after a child to know the basics of CPR.


“Children can get into trouble in the water anywhere and at any time and that’s why it’s so important for grandparents to be confident that they could perform CPR in an emergency,” she said. “The Australian Red Cross online CPR training program gives people the opportunity to update their knowledge of CPR and they can then pay to complete a short practical course to obtain their full CPR certificate.”


Laurie Lawrence, Founder of Kids Alive and ambassador of April Pools Day said anything that would help reduce drowning statistics and improve pool safety in Australia was worth getting behind.


“Last year drowning deaths in children under five increased by 32 per cent and we all have a role to play to help reduce this tragic statistic⁴,” he said. “April Pools Day speaks to our fifth important step to reduce the risk of preschool drowning and that is ‘Learn how to resuscitate’.”


He said it was vital grandparents have this skill, as a child was four times more likely to survive if given CPR.


“April Pools Day aims to make it easy for people to update their CPR skills by giving them an official introductory course on the basic skills for resuscitating babies, young children and adults,” he said. “We hope this event will contribute to saving lives.”


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2 National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre, Grandparent childcare and labour market participation in Australia, September 2015.


3 The free course is a limited offer with 2000 courses available nationally. For full T&CS visit


20 April 2018.