According to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2018, 27 children aged 14 and under died as a result of drowning in Australia between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 — 18 children were aged four and under.
Being able to swim is an essential life-saving skill. Children of any age or ability can take part in swimming and it is more accessible for children with additional needs than almost any other sport. Swimming is lots of fun and children love getting in the water and enjoying themselves. However, it’s not just about fun — swimming also provides many health and wellbeing benefits, including:
- keeping your child’s heart and lungs healthy, improving strength, flexibility, balance and posture and increasing stamina;
- providing challenges and rewarding accomplishments, which helps children to become self-confident and believe in their abilities; and
- Providing opportunities to make friends and grow in confidence.
Health, fun, and confidence are not the only reasons why your child should learn to swim. Learning to swim also opens up the door to a range of other activities.