Let’s make this SUMMER SAFER!
Spring is finally here – and the world has changed since last Spring. Like every other person in the world, I am so tired of Covid. It has changed the way we live our lives, the way we work, the way we learn – but it has not changed the importance of learning to swim, particularly as we head towards the warmer weather, and especially following the enforced break from swimming lessons during lockdown. I am hopeful that this summer will not bring the same level of tragedy that we have seen in recent years, but fear that the lapse in lessons will lead to a decrease in water confidence and an increase in drownings over the coming months.
Spring is a great time to get your child into swimming lessons, and consistent weekly lessons are the perfect approach, as skills are built by repetition and progression through our program’s levels. With the stress on many family budgets at this time, we are also currently offering a second weekly lesson for just $10 or 5 intensive lessons this school holidays for $50, to encourage children to make up for time lost in the water during lockdown, and strengthen their swimming in time for summer.
You can be confident that we are a Covid safe environment, with hand sanitiser available, plenty of room to implement social distancing, and procedures in place, including our 1 parent per child rule, limiting the amount of adults in our centres at any one time. And remember, chlorine is a disinfectant!
Do you know of children that can’t swim in your circle of friends or family? Please encourage the parents to do something about it, whether they live near or far. Can you swim? We run adult swimming lessons too.
We all think it won’t happen to us, but the sad truth is, aquatic accidents can happen to anyone. Sadly, drowning remains the number 1 cause of accidental death in children under 5, with 19 Australian preschool children lost to drowning last summer. What should we be doing to minimise the risk this Spring?
September is the best time to do a check of your pool area, making sure all the pool fences are secure and gates are self latching. Please, always supervise your children around water, get them swimming, talk to your children about water safety, and learn CPR. Let’s work together to make this summer safer!