Parents and carers must not opt out of swimming lessons for their
children as the weather gets cooler, warns Royal Life Saving - highlighting
that if they do they may fall behind.
Royal Life Saving is concerned about the common misconception that
drowning deaths only occur in Summer. In fact almost one third of drowning
deaths in the 5 to 14 year old age group happen in Autumn and Winter.
Many facilities are open
all year round and can be found on the Royal Life Saving Swim School Locator.
Winter is in fact the best time
of year to participate. Children are more likely to improve skills and
endurance by building on skills already learnt and may progress quickly to the
next stage. Swimming as regular exercises strengthens the immune system so
children may be less likely to fall ill
over the colder months. Having breaks
over winter often results in children’s skills experiencing a plateau or even
Royal Life Saving CEO Justin
Scarr points out figures show drowning deaths happen all year round, including
Autumn and Winter. Justin Scarr says it
is a common misconception that drowning deaths only occur in Summer.
Figures show in the 10 year
period from 2002/03 to 2011/12, 44 children aged 5 to 14 drowned during Autumn
and Winter, accounting for 31% of the total drowning deaths in this age group.
UNCLE TOBYS Ambassador and
Olympic Gold Medallist Cate Campbell is a strong believer in swimming all year
round. Cate won Gold at the 2012 London
Olympics and two Bronze at the Beijing Olympics.
Cate Campbell said, "When I
was learning to swim, I practiced throughout the year. I believe that my continuous participation
built strong foundation skills and it is the reason I have been successful as a
As Cate is gearing up over
winter for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, she understands why some
people think it’s too cold to swim. “Sometimes you have to really motivate
yourself to get into the water, but once you are in and swimming, you really enjoy
Royal Life Saving and UNCLE
TOBYS have been working together since 2009. The Partnership raises awareness
of the importance of swimming and water safety education with parents and
carers by encouraging children to learn to Swim and Survive.
Justin Scarr added, "Swim
and Survive lessons are a great way for children to stay active and healthy
during Winter. More importantly, they
provide children with vital life skills in water safety, personal survival and
"We are very proud of our Swim and Survive Partners across Australia. They work tirelessly to teach young children
valuable swimming and lifesaving skills and work together with us to promote
water safety. Over 15 million Australian children have participated in the Swim and Survive program".
learn to swim and aquatic industry is impressive in its dedication to helping
children learn to swim,” Justin Scarr said.
help parents and carers search for a Swim and Survive Swim School an easy to
use Locator is available at www.swimandsurvive.com.au. In just a few mouse
clicks, the Locator will indicate where local programs are, that can help
children learn valuable swimming and lifesaving skills.
CATE'S WINTER SWIM AND SURVIVE TIPS
- Enrol into swimming and water
safety lessons such as Swim and Survive. To find a Swim and Survive Swim School near you, visit www.swimandsurvive.com.au.
- Keep warm and avoid playing in
the water prior to the lesson time so children can concentrate fully during the
Wear a swimming cap to keep the
head warm and if wearing a rash vest these should be a firm fit. After lessons have a warm
shower, dry hair and dress warmly in dry clothes including a beanie and
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