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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

Please note this competition is open from 16 July 2021 until 15 August 2021 and is only available to members of Mouths Of Mums. This competition is a game of skill – answer in 50 words or less. We are unable to accept entries posted via facebook. Facebook LIKE functionality is not a requirement of entry to this competition. The winners of this competition will be published on this page. Winners’ name and address will be provided to the promoter of this competition and prizes will be sent to the address you have in Your Profile. Please ensure your details are up to date so that you receive your prize.

Winners for this competition

  1. R. NichollsWA
  2. R. NichollsWA
  3. L. PattersonVIC
  4. K. LicariWA
  5. A. WiltonNSW
  • Wrap them up in a large snuggly towel afterwards then a quick change and give them a nice warm drink in a thermos.That always helps.

  • Wrap them up the moment they get out of the water.

  • After the lesson our swim school has an area that you can change your child which is warm. We take off wet bathers and pop back on her pjs and warm fluffy dressing gown.

  • After swimming lessons it’s a warm shower, dressed straight away then a warm fluffy bathrobe on top. On she jumps onto the horsey (that’s me) then we go a galloping off to the heated car as fast as possible, with screams of faster, faster horsey.

  • Do the funky chicken dance:
    Flap your hands round your head.
    Wrap them around your wasit.
    Tie your towel around your legs.
    Take a bow and peck.

  • You can go anytime in winter as most pools are inside and heated. After lessons we wrap up in our Swim Parka’s. Warm and snug then head home to a hot soup.

  • Ensuring my son is rugged up and kept warm before swimming and then wrapped in a towel & dressed & dried immediately after swimming. I ensure that I have extra warm clothes when we leave & a beanie for his gorgeous little head :)

  • Have a warm shower after the lesson, dress them in their jammies and remember to take the hair dryer in :)

  • Bribe them with Hot chocolate

  • We love winter swimming lessons! The pool is indoor and toasty warm. As soon as my son hops out he’s dried off and put in a warm bathrobe. Then it’s straight home for a hot shower!

  • I purchased a wetsuit for my little one, keeps him much warmer. Also, only heated indoor pools for him.

  • Il love to win this for gorgeous ???? grand who I don’t see but can the books to her she’s sending me a picture shes drawing me I love her so much please pick me for granddaughter Rosie she’s only 8

  • With all my kids missing out on swimming lessons, having a book to read will hopefully help them still remember their skills until we can swim again!

  • Putting a dressing gown and slippers on my little one and a nice warm shower or bath afterwards

  • Master 5 isn’t too fond of pants so we’ve mostly had the heating up high. Luckily we found an amazing dragon costume/dressing gown that he refuses to take off so we can keep him snuggly without running heaters 24/7

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