Learning To Swim – A Necessary Life Skill

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Swimming is great fun, an excellent way to stay healthy and a relaxing leisure activity but it is also an important life skill. So what is a Life Skill, why is it necessary to learn how to swim.

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Unicef defines a Life Skill as: “abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.”

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SwimWay teach children to swim without floats or buoyancy aids. This means that children must develop their own skills and learn to use their own buoyancy, whilst developing a positive relationship with the water. Our unique swimming program is progressive, and each skill must be built upon before a student can move up to the next level. Our private classes enable our instructors to give children one-on-one attention to run the lessons based on the individual student’s needs, helping to focus on the individual’s skills and weaknesses. All these factors will help develop the student’s abilities in the water, and enable them to be safer in and around it.

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Our instructors are widely experienced and are required to participate in safety training at the start of every term – far more than the legal requirement and the average swimming school.

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Why Should My Children Learn to Swim?

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The world health organization says drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide with 372,000 estimated drownings annually.

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“Every year in the UK, around 400 people die from drowning as a result of an accident in or around water. There are thousands of individuals who survive drowning events but who are left with severe, and often permanent, life-changing injuries.”

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Globally, the highest drowning rates are among children 1-4 years, followed by children 5-9 years. Although many people perceive being inland as an advantage, statistics released by the national water safety board show that the highest number of fatalities in the UK – 217 (52%) – happened in inland waters such as rivers, canals, lakes, lochs, reservoirs and ponds.

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This shows that both parents and children need to be vigilant when around any source of water, and that knowledge and experience in the water are great ways to help prevent tragedy.

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If you would like to learn more about our Swimming Lessons, have a look around our website and contact us HERE

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*Mortality data for countries were considered if they met the following criteria: estimated coverage of national deaths of 70% or more; ill-defined causes of death less than 20%; 10 or more deaths in the 1–14 year old age group; and data available from 2007 or later.

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**Statistics from – www.unicef.org, www.rospa.com, www.who.int

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