Why swimming lessons are more important than ever
Girt by sea, and covered with numerous lakes, rivers, swimming pools and beaches, Australia is a nation that has bodies of water everywhere you turn. However, our easy access to water also places us at greater risk of incidents, and thus water safety awareness and the ability to swim is essential.
A drowning incident can happen in as little as 20 seconds. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, therefore the need to teach children, and adults alike, how to be safe around water, to swim confidently and to respect the water is a necessity. Swimming is not just a fun activity, but an essential part of life.
While swimming lessons do not necessarily “drown-proof” your you or child, they do provide a vital layer of drowning protection. Some of you might be thinking… “That will not be me. I am always watching the kids when they are in our pool or at the beach, mine will be fine” …or... “We will start swimming lessons when they get a bit older…we do not have the time now”. Unfortunately, that’s not enough.
In reality, 69% of children who drown under the age of 5 were not expected to be at or in the pool at the time, and 64% of child drownings occur when an adult is around.
It has been found that those who have had formal swimming and water safety lessons have an increased stamina and strength. This helps build “survival skills” that are more likely to kick in if they find themselves in a drowning situation.
In fact, research shows that formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.
With COVID-19 restrictions, once again impacting swimming lesson access in 2021, many children missed months of swimming and water safety lessons. This impacts skill development and confidence in the water.
Over the 2020/2021 summer we saw a 30% increase in drowning rates compared to the previous summer. It is now more important than ever to get back into swimming lessons all year round.
Be summer ready and enrol in swimming lessons this spring!
Let’s work together to save lives.