Throughout the cooler months we often see a decline in swim and survive
enrolments. However, having breaks over winter can result in children’s skills
experiencing a plateau or even declining. Royal Life Saving research shows
that children may be stopping lessons before achieving essential swimming,
lifesaving and water safety benchmarks. Lives are lost to drowning throughout all seasons so it’s vital that
children are encouraged to participate and learn about water safety all year
There are many benefits to participating in
swimming lessons during winter:
RETENTION OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
Children are more likely to progress further if
they continue to practice and build upon the skills they have learnt.
CONTINUATION OF ROUTINE
It can be hard to re-establish the swimming lesson routine if your child has had a significant break from lessons. Consistency is key to keep up their confidence and see continual improvement.
SMALLER CLASSES AND MORE SPACES AVAILABLE
Classes are often smaller during winter, so your
child may get more time with their teacher. Demand for lessons is high in summer and it’s often difficult to secure
a spot if you wait until the warmer weather comes. Your child is more
likely to retain their spot in class or move to another time that’s more
convenient to you in winter.
AND MAINTENANCE OF FITNESS AND A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Swimming keeps children active throughout the
year. Unlike other sports which get called off in bad weather, you can swim
rain, hail or shine!
BE A PART OF A SOCIAL COMMUNITY
Participating in lessons throughout the year
helps children to stay socially connected and encourages new friendships while
If a seasonal pool is the only option in your
area, then you can teach your children about water safety online through the Kids Zone on
our website. Or if you’re going away on holidays, why not take the opportunity
to enrol your children in a structured program.
TIPS TO ENCOURAGE KIDS DURING THEIR LESSONS IN THE COOLER
1. Avoid playing in the water prior to lesson time to reduce the
likelihood of getting cold. This will also help children to concentrate during
2. Encourage your child to wear a swimming cap during their lesson so
their hair stays drier and their head keeps warm
3. Provide a long-sleeved rash vest for your child to wear during
lessons. A snug fitting rash vest can add an additional layer of warmth
4. Encourage your child to have a warm shower after each lesson
5. Dry your child and their hair well with a dry towel before dressing
6. Dress your child warmly in long sleeve clothes, footwear and a hat