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Last updated 5:58 PM on 30 November 2011

Royal Life Saving NSW has emphasised the importance of swimming and water safety education, saying 50,000 children are leaving primary school every year unable to swim.

The organisation says participation in swimming lessons has been in decline for the past 10 years and many Australian children are at risk of drowning.

Both Royal Life Saving and the NSW Government agency Sport and Recreation offer learn-to-swim lessons throughout the state under the Swim and Survive banner.

The Sport and Recreation program caters for children aged between 18 months and 12 years and provides instruction in water familiarisation through to stroke development.

Classes are held every weekday for eight or nine days.

Programs run between November and February each year and are taught by experienced, AUSTSWIM-qualified instructors.