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Dangerous summer predicted as children forced out of swim lessons

A group of kids are attending a swimming class. They are practicing kicking at the side of the pool. Source: E+

Swim industry experts are predicting an increase in drownings this summer as new research reveals that 54% of children are not learning to swim, with 27% forced out of lessons due to COVID restrictions and 28% unable to find class availability at their local swim school.

With swimming lessons halted for long periods due to COVID lockdowns in some states, a quarter of children have been out of the pool between 6-12 months while a further 16% have not attended swimming lessons for over a year. 51% of parents are not confident their child could help themselves in a water emergency.


Highlights  

  • The SwimSAFER Report commissioned by Swim Australia reveals only 37% of parents plan to enrol their child in official lessons within the next six months.

  • CEO of Swim Australia, Brendan Ward encourages parents to supervise their children when swimming.
  • COVID lockdowns prevented over a quarter of Aussie families from attending swimming lessons.

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