Friday, August 14th, 2015

Teaching Australian children to Swim and Survive  


South Coast Junior Aquatics Warrnambool works together with Royal Life Saving to teach children valuable life-skills in swimming, water safety and personal survival.

Over the past 10 years, drowning has claimed the lives of 138 children between the ages of 5 and 14 years. Tragically, each of these deaths represents a family that is grieving a much loved son, daughter, grandchild, niece or nephew. The impact of drowning affects the entire community.

With summer around the corner parents and carers need to be planning for their children’s swimming and water safety education. Leanne Williams, owner of South Coast Junior Aquatics in Warrnambool asks parents to think carefully about their child’s water safety skills and to make plans for swimming and water safety lessons. “Like reading and writing, swimming skills need to be introduced and practiced from an early age. Children need to be given the opportunity to become familiar with water at the baby, toddler and pre-school stage. Waiting until children are five or six years old can result in children developing a fear of water that is very hard to overcome. The unfortunate consequence of leaving water familiarisation too late is the creation of anxious children.”

Every Australian child must have the opportunity to learn basic swimming, water safety skills and knowledge of how to be safe when they are in, on, or around the water.

Royal Life Saving research shows one in five children will leave primary school every year without the skills to swim 50 metres or stay afloat for two minutes, even if their life depended on it.

“It’s alarming that Australian children don’t have the foundation skills and water safety knowledge to keep them safe in and around the water. As a Swim and Survive Partner we strive to enhance the swimming and water safety skills of children in our community, to prevent drowning now and in the future. We are proud to be a Royal Life Saving Partner,” says Leanne.

Swim and Survive is a national swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that teaches children essential life-skills in swimming, water safety and personal survival. Swim and Survive’s unique program  pathway progresses through each of the key life stages and is designed to keep children engaged, actively learning and most importantly having fun.

“We live in a country surrounded by water. Building partnerships with aquatic facilities such as is an important part of our drowning prevention strategy. Arming children with water safety skills and knowledge during their school years provides a level of protection, reducing the likelihood of drowning in adulthood” said Sheila Langley, Coordinator of Aquatic Education at Life Saving Victoria.

A Swim and Survive Partner is a preferred, quality deliverer of the Swim and Survive program that works together with Royal Life Saving to deliver key water safety messages. Swim and Survive Partners work hard to engage their communities in water safety education, by providing opportunities for children and their families to participate in a range of aquatic activities. 

For further information about our facility, please contact 

Leanne Williams - Owner, South Coast Junior Aquatics 55605964

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South Coast Junior Aquatics

Warrnambool's Award Winning Swim School

The Children's Swimming Specialists

Swimming and Water Safety Lessons for children of all ages - taught with patience & care.

Leanne Williams
P: 55605964
M: 0427622425


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