Safety is Number One at Cityfit Swim School
Every term the Cityfit Swim School has a Safety Week to reinforce the dangers of water to their students and parents. Lessons during the week focus on life saving skills and reactions that will help in a water emergency.
Swim School Coordinator, Dana Martin said, “Throughout the term our number one focus is teaching confident and safe swimming technique. During safety week (which is this week we take this one step further and talk about specific dangers in different water environments.
“This term we are talking to the kids and their parents about Summer Water Safety.
“Families will be hitting the dam, beach or pool again soon and we want to remind everyone of the dangers of these environments,” said Dana.
“The 2015 Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report reveals an alarming 30% increase in drowning deaths in children under the age of five. There were 26 drowning deaths in this age group in Australia from June 2014 to July 2015.
“Over half (54%) of these deaths occurred in swimming pools,” said Dana. “The backyard pool remains one of the most dangerous water environments for our young children.
“In contrast, 55% of the nine drowning deaths in the 5-14 age group occurred in inland water ways, like dams, lakes, rivers or lagoons,” Dana added.
“Inland water ways remain the most dangerous water environment for Australians, with 99 deaths occurring in this setting.
“We need to continually talk about water safety with our families. Sadly 271 people died as a result of drowning in Australia last year, an increase of 2% (or five deaths). Water Safety is relevant for all age groups, all environments and any time of the year,” said Dana.
“During Safety Week we ask our Swim School students to wear their pyjamas over their swimmers, this puts them in the water with a long top and pants on. With their pyjamas on students soon realise the challenges of swimming laps, treading water and getting out of the water (without the ladder) when fully dressed,” said Dana.
“We also get the students to swim with no goggles on, we remind them that if you fall into the water it’s fairly unlikely that you will be dressed for the occasion!
Cityfit encourages parents to come and watch their children’s swimming lessons.
“For parents to see what happens in a lesson is very valuable,” said Dana. “We welcome any feedback on our Swim School and understand that each student is different.”
Cityfit is still taking enrolments for Spring School Holiday Intensives and Term 4, for further information contact the club on 6331 4344 or visit www.cityfitswimschool.com.au
Emily and Ruby in their pyjamas, ready to take on the water.
The Cityfit Swim School 'Safety Week' with their pyjama pool party!