Lifesavers warn parents to beware autumn drowning

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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:

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