One in five children are said to leave primary school without knowing how to swim.
And with drowning rates on the rise, the YMCA (the Y) is urging parents to continue their children’s swimming lessons programs throughout the winter months to ensure they don’t forget the swimming skills they learnt over summer.
The Y’s Swimming Lessons program aims to not only teach children how to swim, but provide them with life-saving water safety skills.
“Living in Australia, summer is synonymous with days spent by the water, whether it’s the pool, beach, lake or river,” said CEO of YMCA NSW, Phillip Hare.
“But swimming is a skill for life; not just a summer sport. We need to make sure our children don’t forget the important skills they have learnt over summer to ensure they are safe and confident around the water for life.
“Swimming lessons are an essential part of every child’s education and at the Y, we go beyond teaching stroke correction. Our programs equip children with skills that can be transferred to other, potentially dangerous water situations.”
Block Two swimming lesson enrolments are now being taken all 30 Y-managed aquatic facilities across NSW.
To find out more visit your local Y.
3 March 2013: People of all ages and abilities headed to their local YMCA pool on Sunday 2 March to take part in the third-annual national fundraiser, the YMCA Swimathon, raising a total of more than $150,000 to date.
24 January 2014: For over four years YMCA Camp Yarramundi has provided a place for families to reconnect and enjoy time away from the stresses of everyday life.