Advice from a qualified Royal Life Saving Trainer
First of all, I am so proud of this little man. He started swimming in Airlie Beach at the end of November and had a Christmas break for two weeks. He learnt to swim and survive in five weeks with our learn to swim ASAP for private lessons.
So many milestones he has managed to achieve with his self-determination. That little grin he gives every time he makes it back to the side of the pool, on his own, is so cute.
Therefore lots of parents are mistaken that when children fall into a pool, turning around is enough to save their lives.
I absolutely disagree, as a Royal Life Savings Trainer and Lifeguard, most drownings of children occur when they fall too far away from the edge and don’t have the ability to stay up long enough.\
Swim and Survive is Vital
Airlie Beach Swim Centre specialises in training our children with many survival techniques that will help reduce these very serious and ever-present risks to our children’s lives. You can see for yourself in the video that the child realises that going onto his/her back and being able to breath is the most important thing. This skill is the first ability we teach before going on to anything else.
Because most children under 5 are like lead sinkers because their head diameter to their body ration is far too big and heavy to tread water. Getting your arms coordinated with side breath and kicks is a tremendous struggle for the first 5 years for more than 80% of children.
If you would like to learn to teach your child to swim and save themselves from situations that can very easily result in their death. I am a Swim Australia Teacher Course Presenter and am always willing to give you advice and tips on how to help with this at no cost
I don’t want to appear to be dramatic, but I can’t emphasise the importance of this enough! Too many kids are losing their lives in situations that can be prevented.