As we slowly begin to approach the warmer months, we encourage parents to think about getting your children in the water regularly. Not only will this give them the confidence to have some fun in the water over the summer months, but it will also help them build the fundamental skills needed to be safe around the water.
The newly released Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2017 shows 291 people died as a result of drowning in Australia in the 2016/17 financial year. This is a 3% increase on the 282 drowning deaths in 2015/16.
The above statistics are alarming as a large proportion of these drownings are children. According to Royal Lifesaving Australia “Children under five are the age group most at risk of drowning and swimming pools are known to account for a large proportion of drowning deaths. An average of 30 children under the age of five have drowned in Australia each year for the past 10 years. The Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2015 reported a 30% increase in the number of drowning deaths recorded in children under five nationally, with 26 deaths, up on the 20 deaths recorded in the 2014 report. Of the deaths in children under five in 2015, over half occurred in swimming pools.”
NCC early swimmers is proud to report that we will be involved in Learn2Swim week. Learn to swim week promotes water safety for all ages with an emphasis on children five and under. As a part of Learn2Swim week, all children aged five and under will receive one free lesson during our intensive week.
NCC early swimmers will be taking bookings for the intensive swim program for the second week of the holiday period (1 October 2018 – 5 July 2018), if you are interested in continuing through the break please let either myself or one of my friendly staff know.