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Lets face it, on a cold winters day the last thing we are thinking of doing is going for a swim. It may not be such a great secret though, that doing just that may save your child’s life.
According to the Royal Life Saving Society, a child isn’t deemed water ‘safe’ until they can capably (and confidently) swim 50 meters freestyle, 50 meters backstroke and 50 meters of a survival stroke like breaststroke of lifesaving backstroke. For our Tadpoles this means the completion of the advanced levels of our program.
Royal Life have been in the media recently discussing the benefits of year-round swimming, but also just how disadvantaging stopping for winter really is. A child who stops lessons for winter will return to swimming having regressed in skill over that 6 months off. It takes at least half a term for them to regain confidence and ability in order to improve from where they left. For winter swimmers, having that continual exposer they tend to progress at an unparalleled rate. They improve faster and further and have less ‘setbacks’ in confidence and skill ability, meaning they tend to jump ahead those children who stop for 6 months of the year.
From a safety perspective, and health permitting, swimming through winter really is imperative to a child’s aquatic education. At a toasty 33-34 degrees winter doesn’t come to our Tadpoles pool, making it a comfortable environment for swim lessons for children of all ages.