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Why Swimming should be the first sport for any child

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My job is my passion, my message to you!

I developed the Early Learn to Swim and Survive Program to teach children to learn to swim quicker, to be confident in the water, and to be able to survive. In Germany, I worked as a Lifeguard and due to being a mum with two children, I have experienced how frightened children can be around water. It all takes time to instil confidence. I am absolutely passionate about my mission as a Royal Life Saving Trainer and Swim Coach to give your child a keen awareness of how they can enjoy the water and be safer at the same time.

Firstly:

Most noteworthy swimming is a life skill. In my opinion, swimming should be the first sport a child should learn. The drowning rate in Queensland for under five-year-olds is pretty high because of the Australian lifestyle we live, such as living next to the beach, creeks, rivers, lakes or because of pools in our backyards.

Secondly:

Even more, how beneficial is swimming to a child’s development? The Griffith Institute for Educational Research recently revealed that children who learn to swim from a young age reached many developmental milestones earlier than other children the same age. Some of these milestones included visual-motor skills such as cutting paper, colouring-in and drawing lines and shapes, mathematical-related tasks, literacy and numeracy.

Thirdly:

Certainly, Children in Airlie Beach Queensland need to be ready for school at the age of five. They need to be able to concentrate, listen, to be apart of a group, follow directions and rules. Other character building skills such as learning to trust others and losing separation anxiety, learn to have fun with children of the same age, learning to cope with new skills, getting confident with what they are able to do, to learn not to give up – even if it is hard – are important to their development.

Above all milestones are included in our ‘Learn to Swim Program’. This gives your child a better head start for school. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, I have over 20 years experience in early childhood sports coaching.

Annika Grunwald

Owner of the Airlie Beach Swim Centre

Learn to Swim in the Whitsundays

Swim Saftey to Survive

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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.

Kind regards
Miss Annie