Swim safety a priority

THE kids are back at school once more and parents are urged to think about the importance of swimming lessons in their children’s education.

Beaches and pools are a large part of the Australian lifestyle, especially in the warmer months, and being a confident and capable swimmer is an essential life skill.

Friends Health & Fitness offers children from age three the opportunity to participate in the Royal Life Saving Swim and Survive learn to swim program.

Swim and Survive is a national swimming and water safety initiative of Royal Life Saving that increases swimming and water safety skills of Australian children in order to prevent drowning and increase participation in aquatic activity.

Friends Health & Fitness centre manager Belinda Lewis said swimming was an important skill for children to learn and also a great way to stay fit and active later in life.

“Being safe in and around water is an important life-saving skill for every Tasmanian,” Mrs Lewis said.

“Living in Australia, we enjoy a wide variety of aquatic locations and activities.

“We swim for social reasons and also to improve our health and fitness and it is important to have the skills to keep safe in these locations and when performing such activities.”

The Swim and Survive program offers a range of levels which children can progress through as they develop their swimming techniques and basic survival skills.

“The Swim and Survive program is more than just about awareness and swimming lessons,” Mrs Lewis said.

“In addition to a process of developing a strong and effective swimming technique, the program also focuses on ensuring that the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided.”

Classes run Monday to Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings.

Adult lessons are also available for beginners and those requiring stroke corrections and will be run on Wednesday evenings during the school term.

For more information about swimming lessons at Friends Health & Fitness, phone 6210 2241.

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