ROYAL Life Saving is warning Canberra’s parents to keep going with swimming lessons as a third of drowning deaths in the 5 to 14 year old age group happen in Autumn and Winter.
“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 going backwards,” said lifesaving CEO Justin Scarr.
Olympic gold medalist Cate Campbell offered some tips for enjoying winter swimming:
- 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 lesson.
- 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 footwear.