Why your child should learn to swim

Did you know that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death in children under 5 years of age? According to Kids Alive Do the Five, each week, on average, a child drowns. Teaching a child to swim early is the best prevention – and it introduces your kid to this lifesaving skill.

Learn2Swim Week is a Poolwerx initiative from 30 September – 7 October, to offer free swimming lessons for kids under five. We have partnered with Lawrie Lawrence and Kids Alive do the Five to invite swim schools from around Australia and New Zealand to take part in this important campaign to provide a free swimming lesson(s) and educate on the importance of learning to swim.

So why should you sign your kids up?

Swimming is a lifesaving skill

Many families spend their weekends swimming at the beach or in backyard pools. If a child gets into trouble in the water, it could only take seconds before they are in serious danger with drowning often referred to the silent killer. Swimming lessons teach your kids about water familiarisation and water safety in and around water.

Child learning to swim

Help keep them fit and healthy

Did you know that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for kids and adults? Incorporating exercise into a child’s routine will have numerous positive effects. It can improve cardiovascular health; help develop strong joints and also build muscle. With child obesity becoming a major problem in Australia, something as simple as regular swimming lessons can help keep your kids healthier and happier.

It’s a great way to exercise

If your kids have extra energy to burn and never seem to slow down, swimming is a great exercise to try. Swimming is a full body workout and give kids the opportunity to burn off all that bountiful energy, whether that’s in the backyard pool or local swim school. Swimming requires dedication and motivation and introducing your kids to can teach them the skills to persevere when things get a little difficult.

Child learning to swim

Build confidence around water

There are so many activities based around water; pool parties, the beach, boating and when your child knows how to swim, they can enjoy these activities knowing they have the confidence to swim. Mastering a skill helps build self-confidence and if they can work hard and learn how to swim, it will give them the confidence to try new things.

Make new friends

While swimming is beneficial for a child’s safety and health, there are also social benefits. Group swimming lessons can help build social and personal skills and gives them a chance to make new friends.

Child learning to swim


Register your child for free swimming lessons with Learn2Swim Week, or find a swim school near you!

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