Hesitation is one of pillars of water safety for children. As children grow they develop the ability to think before they act, however for most pre-schoolers and some active children this doesn’t come naturally. Being enrolled in a quality learn to swim programme children will be learning to hesitate and wait before they act, and your family will be learning safer routines and behaviours around the water.

In the Preschool programme your teachers will nurture your child, building their water confidence and teaching them self-rescue techniques such as falling in turning around and returning to the side, and rolling over onto their back for a breath. These self-rescue skills will be taught alongside water familiarisation and mobility as we teach your children to confidently move and swim to the side of the pool.

In your Infant and Toddler programme, your teacher will use songs such as ‘Row Row Row your boat’ and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ to teach you how to teach your children to hesitate near water and wait for your permission to enter the water. Then these activities over time and with reinforcement will teach your child how to submerge with confidence and how to turn around and rescue themselves.

We know it works as every summer we hear the good news stories…

Master Two (almost three) capsized off a blow up toy, fully supervised and within arm’s length of their child, Mum and Dad watched as Master Two turned around and swam to the blow up toy and held on. Master Two then announced proudly “Mummy, I did Row Rows.”

Master Three was playing next to the family swimming pool, his Dad in the pool and Mum on the other side. Master Three, running, slipped into the pool, before his Dad could swim across the pool to him get, Master Three had turned around and rescued himself by swimming to the side of the pool to hold on.

 

As part of a quality learn-to-swim programme your pre-schooler will also enjoy other benefits. Griffith University (2013) conducted a 4 year study and found that pre-schooler’s enrolled in a quality programme achieve earlier than the normal population a wide range of skills and milestones that will benefit the child in the classroom and in their transition to school.

 For further information read:https://news.griffith.edu.au/2012/11/15/swimming-kids-are-smarter/

We welcome new students to our quality programme… let us help us and your family build skills for life.

 

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