Swimming – a skill for life

Swimming –  Skill For Life

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Swimming – Skill for life

Many people believe that they don’t need to teach their children to swim because they don’t have a pool. What many people forget is that we live in a beautiful area with lagoons, rivers, beaches. It isn’t just about pool safety it is water safety. Water is everywhere. Friends properties which have dams, Bath tubs, mop buckets, boat ramps, fishing. Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia. On average, one child drowns, each week.

Children learn best from a young age and are capable of learning the basics of water safety. Babies as young as 6mths are able  to get back to the edge if they have fallen into water. Babies should be accustomed to water from a young age. Letting water being splashed in their face while bathing or holding onto them and just moving through the water is good for the babies to understand the feeling of water on their skin and help’s them not to be scared of the water.

Take a look at the following website for ideas and resources to help your child to be water safe:

www.kidsalive.com.au