Lives are lost to drowning throughout the year, during all seasons. Last year, 21% of all drowning deaths in Australia occurred during winter, so it’s vital that children are encouraged to participate and learn about water safety all year round. There are many benefits to participating in swimming lessons during winter. In many cases, winter is one of the best times of the year to swim!
• Retention of skills and knowledge: Children are more likely to progress further if they continue to practice and build upon the skills learnt during the warmer months.
• Smaller classes: Often classes are smaller during winter, so your child may get more time with their teacher.
• Often more spaces are available: Demand for lessons is high in summer and it’s often difficult to secure a spot if you wait until the warmer weather comes.
• Continuation of routine: It can be hard to re-establish the swimming lesson routine if your child has had a significant break from lessons. In addition, children are more likely to continue swimming as a form of exercise into adulthood if a routine is established early.
• Development and maintenance of fitness and a healthy lifestyle: Swimming keeps kids active throughout the year. Unlike other sports which get called off in bad weather, you can swim rain, hail or shine!
• Be a part of a social community: Participating in lessons throughout the year helps children to stay socially connected and encourages new friendships, while having fun.
• Further aquatic opportunities: Children learn skills that may enhance interest in other aquatic sports.