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Swimming Lessons – yes it’s Winter and who is thinking of bringing their kids to swimming lessons.  It’s cold, wet and raining, but nothing is more important than taking your child, whether they are 6 months or 14yrs, if they cannot swim they need to start now.

It is imperative that children are exposed to water safety/confidence classes as early as possible.  This gives them familiarity with the water, the Swimming Teacher and both the child and parent make friends within the group.

There is nothing sadder than turning on your morning TV to hear that another child has drowned in their backyard swimming pool, dam or just the bath.  It only needs to be enough water to cover their mouth and nose and they can drown, that goes for anyone, not just kids.

Drowning is silent, but the pain the family has to go through is forever. 

Swimming lessons are “a gift of life”.  Every child in Australia should be attending swimming lessons, not through their school, but one that their parents take them to.  Any school swimming programs should just compliment the lessons they should have been attending since they were babies.

Many parents stop their lessons in Winter because it is too cold, but yet will take them to play soccer, netball, football in the pouring down rain, take them home wet and expect the child not to get sick.

As a Swimming Instructor, from about the end of March when it starts to cool down, I suggest that the parents bring their children’s PJ, beanies, dressing gowns, slippers etc give them a hot shower, rug them up in the PJs etc and take them home ready for dinner and bed.  Most of the kids that do, don’t get sick.  It is the ones that are just dried on the side of the pool, shivering with the cold, who usually end up sick and don’t come back.  The pool is warm, it is the outside air temperature that is cold, and when that cold air hits your warm body from the water, you just can’t stop shivering.

I understand that many parents in this very difficult financial time cannot always afford swimming lessons into a very tight budget, but my suggestion to that is, when someone asks what to give their child for a birthday, Xmas or other present, suggest a gift voucher to the Swim School you wish to attend.

The other most important reason for attending swimming lessons, is when your child turns 8, they can participate in their school swimming carnivals.  It is very sad to see kids just having to sit on the sideline, because they can’t actually swim.  This is most embarrassing for the kids and is not something that should be.

At the Swim School where I teach, we use floatation as in armbands and back bubbles.  Our program is extremely successful and the children whom have gone through our program have been very successful at their school carnivals.  There are many other Swim Schools that choose not to use floatation, but my concerns are that it gives a child a false sense of security in thinking they can swim, and would be more likely to jump into a pool, and find themselves in danger.

I believe that if you have a pool and children, unless the child can competently swim freestyle (not do paddle), they should be wearing some form of floatation.  This should be hung on the outside of the pool fence and placed on the child before they enter the pool area.  This re-enforces to the child that they require this on before they enter the pool area and also gives the parent some peace of mind, that if the child was to fall in, they will at least come to the top of the pool not tragically be found on the bottom.

So parents, please get a head start on Summer, book your child into swimming lessons now and give them “the gift of life”

  • That’s why they have indoor heated swimming pools, so kids can attend swimming lessons all year round.

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  • Yep, I agree 100%! One if the most important things you can teach your kids is how to swim. And it’s great that you can now start swimming lessons when they’re little babies. Fantastic programmes!

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  • Its very good knowledge to know! Thanks for sharing this article!

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  • Here is a video of my daughter in our pool at home. She does have lessons. You will see she is not swimming with correct strokes but she can still move through the water and safely pull herself up at the edge. She is not quite 2 in this video

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  • Totally agree with this as a parent. We have been taking my daughter since she was 8 months and we haven’t missed a term. The first thing they teach at a young age is water safety and water familiarity.
    Swimming is a lifelong skill. We have dropped other activities so we can continue to take our daughter swimming. She is now just over 2

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  • i feel sorry for the families that have suffered because of drowning. a friend of the family had their grandchild drown in a bucket so you have to also be wary of that.

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  • yeah i am lucky to have a friend who is a swimming instructor and she has been teaching my kids to swim. this is free to me as she has a pool. i think that this is such an important skill for children to learn

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  • I can’t wait to do swimming lessons with my daughter (only 10 weeks at the moment!) she loves the bath so fingers crossed she will love the pool and the beach and learn a healthy respect for water.

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  • I regret not taking my son for swimming lessons when he was younger. he started swimming at school when he was 5. he swims really well now at 8.

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  • Why is swimming so expensive I am paying $160.00 per month for my girls to swim it is extremely hard to come up with that amount of money every month, especially when you are on the pension and can not look for work due to medical reasons.

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  • As an instructor also I agree totally with this article. Learning to swim is not something that you can just do for a term or term. It is a lifelong skills and an important part of educating your child.

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  • Cannot wait to teach my children water safety. It’s such an important part of life.

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  • My kids have been swimming from a young age. I’m glad we did it

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  • A really good idea, thanks

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  • we started all of the kids from a very young age and have always kept with it

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