Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone said it is a "common misconception" that children are most at risk of drowning.
"Adults are just as at risk without the proper care and training," he said.
"Council is committed to doing everything it can to keep our residents safe by equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to enjoy themselves safely while in the water."
As part of this commitment, Fairfield City Leisure Centres will run free Learn to Swim classes for beginner swimmers (bookings essential) and CPR demonstrations as part of NSW Water Safety Week from September 30 to October 4.
Free swimming lessons are being offered at Prairiewood Leisure Centre on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Cabravale Leisure Centre on Tuesday and Fairfield Leisure Centre on Thursday. There will also be CPR and lifeguard rescue demonstrations and visits from Active Gator.
At Prairiewood Leisure Centre, there will be a free inflatable obstacle course on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 1pm.
"Summer is just around the corner and is a wonderful time to get outdoors and be healthy and active while finding fun ways to stay cool," Mr Carbone said.
"It is important though that while having fun that we are all water-wise."
According to Royal Lifesaving Australia, 249 people drowned in Australia between July 2017 and June 2018 with approximately 10 per cent of these drownings children under 14 years.
- Details/bookings: fairfieldcityleisurecentres.com.au or call 9725 0337.