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Two-year-old's classes help her survive pool danger

CLOSE CALL: Sandra MacBeth with two-year old Chloe Avenell who fell in a pool last week and swam to the edge.
CLOSE CALL: Sandra MacBeth with two-year old Chloe Avenell who fell in a pool last week and swam to the edge. Allan Reinikka Rokapool

WHEN Renee Avenell saw her two-year-old daughter Chloe fall into the pool, fear coursed through her body.

But luckily for the Rockhampton mum, Chloe had the skills to save herself and consequently her family from living a nightmare.

Ms Avenell said she and Chloe were visiting a friend's house.

"We were at a friends place and their kids were swimming while Chloe sat by the side of the pool kicking her toes in the water," she said.

"She was in a nappy, fully clothed and not meant to be swimming.

"I was watching her then turned to talk and when I looked back she had fallen head first into the pool.

"It was a moment of panic for me but she kicked herself back to the side of the pool and I dragged her out."

Chloe started swimming lessons at six months old and Ms Avenell said if she hadn't, her fall into the pool could have been worse.

"What happened the other day is a massive credit to her lessons," she said.

"She's learnt skills like knowing when she gets into the water, to swim to the edge of the pool and they also learn how to hold their breath and dive for rings under the water.

"I just want to give a big thank you to Affinity Swim and Sandra MacBeth for teaching Chloe how to be safe in the water."

Topics:  pool safety, swimming, swimming lessons



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