Diving into water safety

BEING in and around water is an integral part of the Tasmanian lifestyle.

Although a fun activity and great form of exercise, swimming is not without risk – a recent Royal Lifesaving Report revealed that drowning claims 372,000 lives worldwide each year, with Tasmania recording the highest drowning rate in Australia.

To help children – and adults – become competent swimmers, Friends Health & Fitness will be offering a school holiday learn-to-swim program.

Catered for children from three-years-of-age, the program will offer five days of lessons through which participants will learn essential water safety skills.

Friends Health & Fitness centre manager Belinda Lewis said swimming was an important skill for children to learn and also a great way to stay fit and active later in life.

“Being safe in and around water is an important life-saving skill for every Tasmanian, and the earlier children learn this skill the better off they will be,” she said.

“Our holiday program, although aimed predominately at children, can cater for all abilities and age groups.

“We offer a very safe environment for learning.

“Participants are supervised by our friendly and experienced instructors, all of whom are Austswim qualified.”

Mrs Lewis said the school holidays were the perfect time to kick-start children’s water-based education, as it allowed for a period of intensive training.

“As the program is delivered over five or 10 consecutive weekdays, children experience the constant repetition of skills which helps to speed up learning and promote maximum retention,” she said.

“In addition to starting the process of developing a strong and effective swimming technique, the program also focuses on ensuring that the essential components of personal survival and water safety are provided.

“Giving children this valuable knowledge will give parents some peace-of-mind knowing that their children will have the skills that could one day save their lives.”

On completion of the school holiday program, parents can continue their children’s water-based education by enrolling them in the extended learn-to-swim program, which runs during school terms.

Friends Health & Fitness will also be offering a number of adult programs, including a “Back to Basics” class for adults who need tuition in basic swimming skills and a “SwimFit” class for adults keen to extend their swimming ability by learning tips, techniques and drills.

Private lessons are also available for adults.

For more information or to enrol in the school holiday learn-to-swim program, phone Friends Health & Fitness on 6234 2949.

Caption: Friends Health and Fitness will be offering a school holiday learn-to-swim program. Image supplied.

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