Last year, about 30 Aussie children died in a drowning incident, most under the age of 5.
This terrible statistic happens every single year in Australia. Every year, 30 little lives lost. And 30 heartbroken families who would give anything to go back in time and stop it.
It’s scary to think about, we know, but it’s also so important that we do everything we can to prevent child drownings and keep our own kids safe.
The best way to prevent it from ever happening? Teach your kids how to swim. And the most effective way to do this? Through accredited swimming lessons.
If you haven’t enrolled your child in lessons already, here are a few excellent reasons to do so this spring/summer.
Because our children are destined to be water babies
Water is wonderful, especially when you’re soaked in sweat and in desperate need of a dip! And let’s face it, we live in a country where water is part of the culture.
Like reading and writing, swimming is a necessary life skill and one that all Aussie kids need to know. Once taught, it’s never forgotten and can lead to so many other activities – paddle boarding, kayaking, diving, sailing. Not to mention the peace of mind that’ll come when your kids morph into teens and want to spend a day at the beach or pool with their mates instead of you.
Because drownings continue to be a major risk for kids AND adults!
According to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report, an average of 30 children under the age of 5 have drowned in Australia each year for the past 10 years.
And it’s not just kids who are at risk. According to a Kingswim national survey, 48% of adults cannot swim 50 metres or more without stopping while 10% cannot swim at all which is why it’s so important to teach our kids how to swim early on in life.
Because it’s a great way to wear them out
Safety aside, regular swimming lessons give kids a chance to burn all that excess energy in a safe, fun and active environment.
And, as they get older, you don’t even have to jump in with them, which means you get a rare half hour to yourself! Of course, you’ll probably spend it gazing at your kids with awe and delight as you admire their growing swimming prowess, but at least you’ll be dry!
Because it builds more than just their swim skills
Swimming lessons can help build their confidence, their social skills and their independence. Plus, with every skill they master, they are building their sense of pride and self-worth. All good things in my books!
Because your kids get free bathers!
Well, if you enrol with Kingswim, a leading swim school, they do! But only for a limited time.
From now until 30 November 2018, all parents who enrol their kiddies in lessons will receive FREE Kingswim bathers.
Valued at $19.95 for boys and $29.95 for girls, these bathers are cute, comfortable and designed to withstand all water wear and tear.
Swim into summer at Kingswim
There are Kingswim Swim Schools across Australia in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and ACT.
Their Foundation program is ideal for babies as young as 12 weeks up to 3 years. From there kids graduate to the Independent program and continue to build on their swim skills without their parents in the water.
Next it’s the Competent program for kids ready to refine their skills and Graduate program for kids who are well on their way to becoming the next batch of Thorpedos.
There are even lessons for adults looking to gain more confidence in the water, especially when swimming with their kids.
Simply click above to learn more about Kingswim, their swimming lessons and their current free bathers offer.
This is a sponsored article for Kingswim