Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Swimming Teacher Brian Showed Way for Kids Alive, Do the Five Water Safety

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Swimming Teacher Brian Showed Way for Kids Alive, Do the Five Water Safety

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HE was a pioneer in teaching babies how to swim.

He was the first person in Australia to import mannequins to teach CPR. And Brian Rudd (pictured) is credited with the first young children's lifesaving training program in 1967 which became known as nippers.

These were the first things that came to mind when his daughter Andrea remembered him yesterday.

The 74-year-old, who will be sorely missed by the swimming community, passed away on Friday after a two-year battle with cancer with Andrea and her brother Paul by his side in hospital.

Mr Rudd also leaves behind daughter Debbie, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren, missing out on meeting a third due soon.

"During 1958, he devised and established the world's first baby safety swim teaching technique," Andrea said.

"Starting babies from as young as birth helped familiarise them with the water to prevent drowning.

"Prior to that, it was believed kids under five didn't have the mental capacity to learn to swim. …

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