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It’s important that swimming lessons continue through winter but it’s likely you’re not doing as many weekend water-based activities as you were during summer – and for children in Sydney, pools are currently shut!

One way you can continue to reinforce some of the key messages about swimming and water safety when you’re not in the water is through reading.

JUMP Swim Schools share their top 6 favourite books on the subject of swimming (and you have the chance to win them all – we have four book hampers to give away.):

Sticky Icky Vicky – by Alysia & Michael Ssentamu and illustrated by Noor Ashalabi
Vicky, a fun-loving girl who doesn’t mind getting a little sticky and icky – but when it comes to water, Sticky Icky Vicky’s fear prevents her from joining in the fun. Then Vicky gets an invitation for a waterpark party, and she decides that she really wants to go—even if it means ignoring the Negative Ned voice in her head and getting over her fear. (Available mid-October! – This book will be sent to the winners then, who will be the first to receive a copy!)

The Wiggles: Here to Help Splish Splash Safety
Join the wiggles as they practice all the key elements of water safety, in a fun way that only the wiggles can.

Peppa Pig: Peppa Pig goes Swimming – by Ladybird
If you have a Peppa Pig fan in the house, this is a great booking about what happens at lessons and how to face your fears (or help your little brother or sister to do so).

Sporty Kids: Swimming! – by Felice Arena and illustrated by Tom Jellett
Emma is a swimming superstar. But can she learn to dive?

Grug Learns to Swim – by Ted Prior
Who doesn’t love Grug! Take a swim with this loveable Aussie bush monster – a walk down memory lane for parents and a sweet story for kids that reminds them just how fun swimming is.

A Swim in the Sea – by Sue Whiting and illustrated by Meredith Thomas
Swimming in the pool is one thing – but swimming at the beach comes with its own excitement and challenges. Set the scene for beach visits this summer with this delightful story.

Children can lose swimming skills in as little as two weeks of missed lessons, says JUMP! Swim School CEO Mark Collins.

“Reading is a great way to support learning about swimming and water safety when you can’t get to the pool, but getting back to lessons as soon as possible and swimming through the winter/spring months if you can is the most important thing you can do to prepare a child for the summer months ahead. Summer swimmers are made in winter!”

For more information and tips visit: www.jumpswimschools.com.au

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  • An oodie is great for keeping him warm and snug as a bug before and after swimming.

  • Prepare dry clothes before getting out swimmers, two towels to reduce wetness quickly as first gets very wet from swimmers, scarf with pockets to keep wet hair off neck and hands warm. quick slip-on shoes to get out of there and get some nice hot chippies!

  • A heated pool’s number one,
    Being cold is not much fun!
    A VERY large towel’s number two,
    Big enough to cover you!
    Number three is a nice warm car,
    Even when not travelling far!
    A nice hot shower, is number four,
    The instant you walk through the door!

  • Straight out of the water and a nice hot shower if the pool has one. PJ’s on, and ready to go home for dinner (already prepared if organised) or takeaway night!

  • Heat Packs work a treat for me for afterwards. Also a hot shower at the venue and straight into PJs works well for us.

  • Put swimmers under clothes so they can strip off and get straight in and by having a hot shower and warm drink after their lesson.

  • My 14 month old is obsessed with fluffy blankets at the moment! Wrapping him in one as soon as he’s died off would be the way to go!

  • We go to an indoor swim center so its not so cold when we get out.

  • pre heated wheat bags and or snap and go thermal pockets, plus a flask of hot chocolate and snuggly dressing gown!

  • Always having a hoodie for them to wear when they come in and out (if they haven’t finished their class). Ensuring thick towels are available to dry them off. Having a spare set of warm clothes available (in a dry bag) with socks/shoes or even fluffy slippers/ugg boots.

  • When not in lockdown, my Granddaughter goes to swimming lessons at Stateswim. We wrap her in 2 towels, to dry, then her warm clothes. I try and park in a sunny spot, to warm the car.

  • My great grandchildren who are learning to swim at the moment would love having books to relate with that explain and entertain…

  • Always pack trackies and a warm hat

  • living in darwin and going to a heated pool

  • Hot water bottle all wrapped up in the towel so it stays warm and keeps the towel warm for once youre out of the water and freezing!

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