With 85 drowning deaths among under-fives recorded by Water Safety New Zealand in the decade to December 2010, 31 in home pools, Plunket supports all measures which help keep children safe in and around water.
Some of the four year olds from rural Patea, Waverley and Ball Road can now jump off a diving board into five metres of water thanks to Plunket-inspired swimming lessons which brought a community together.
The Eyebright Award winning Ball Road and District branch of Plunket set up their own $1 lessons with a qualified instructor in a local indoor heated pool. In year one 92 children took part in the 13 week course. In year two 75 children and this year 76 children have taken part.