Highlanders' thoughts on water safety Claire Fenwicke10 Jan 2017, 8:48 a.m. We asked Highlanders their thoughts on pool and water safety In light of the drownings over the Christmas period, we asked Highlanders their thoughts on pool and water safety.Here are their responses: Your say: water safety "Always keep watch, a kids can go out of eye sight in a few seconds. Pool safety and lessons should be taught as early as possible, especially in Australia" - Eileen McCarthy"The government should fund free swimming lessons, not doing so in this country is madness." - Heather Kent"When you're at the beach, the currents can be quite strong, even between the flags. So people should still take notice of lifeguards and the flags." - Jaryd Hoffman"Supervision is pretty key, and swimming training should start as young as possible." - Drew McTarvish"It seems a lot of people who have drowned this season are older, so maybe there's a greater need to tell people they need to be aware in the water, no matter what age." - Catherine Byrne"Parents need to watch their children, you shouldn't rely on others to look after them. It's that one time you aren't watching, it takes 10 seconds." - Peter Carney"People need to be vigilant about water safety not just at the beach and the pool, but when swimming in rivers, lakes and dams as well." - Luke ReadTweetFacebook of ╳exit"What are your thoughts on pool and water safety?"