Water safety advocate Ian Campbell has advised parents to keep up with swimming lessons for their children during the cooler months.
“Winter is the best time of the year to participate in swimming – it means the children are confident in the water for summer and won’t have to miss out because they’ve lost confidence, their enthusiasm for fun in the water or need to get their swimming back up to scratch.”
What happens if your child stops learning to swim over the winter?
Ian Campbell from JUMP! Swim Schools observes that:
- Kids forget, it’s as simple as that.
- Swimming is a confidence-based activity for children and a break in lessons means they forget, it impacts their confidence and greatly hinders their level of ability.
- Children who stop lessons over winter can no longer swim to their previous ability once they return and in some cases even take a backwards step.
- Cutting swimming lessons for winter meant children entered summer without important skills, capabilities or the confidence they might have had just months earlier.
Your child can develop water confidence in time for summer.
Swimming lessons during winter allowed children to develop water confidence in time for summer, the season when they were most likely to spend the most time in the water and enjoy family water-based activities.
Mr Campbell is founder of JUMP! Swim Schools, a Gold Coast-based multinational company that delivers tailored early years swim instruction in a highly personalised, fun, safe and calm environment.
With 24 JUMP! Swim Schools operating across the country and another 34 to open within six months, Mr Campbell said the experience of thousands of children demonstrated why it was vitally important to keep swimming lessons going through winter.
Winter doesn’t mean the fun of swimming has to stop!
Indoor pools heated to 33 degrees can make it an all-year-round activity.
He said JUMP!’s state-of-the-art swimming facilities ensured aquatic activity was no longer seasonal and the fun of swimming didn’t have to stop just because the weather outside had turned chilly.
In fact, the fun of swimming shouldn’t stop with more parents understanding the importance of preparing children for summer and giving them the skills and confidence to enjoy our water lifestyle, he said.
“JUMP! Swim Schools’ pools are indoors and the water is heated to 33 degrees so we have the ability to keep lessons going all year round,” he said.
“Children won’t even notice the winter cold at JUMP! Swim Schools where they can swim in a heated pool, have a hot shower and get changed all indoors.”
Mr Campbell said as a national franchise group, JUMP! aimed to increase participation and skill levels across the country by improving the learning ability of our children and improving their confidence.
Mr Campbell said JUMP! Swim Schools’ family-friendly approach fostered close relationships with owners, teachers, children and parents.
- These relationships make for a familiar and safe environment, perfect for boosting the confidence in young swimmers to excel in the pool.
- Confidence and routine go hand-in-hand in teaching young children learn-to-swim, so taking a break over winter is a big backwards step not only for their water confidence but for their ability to move forward.
Ian’s top 5 reasons children should swim during winter
- Kids forget quickly so keep up their learn-to-swim routine to have them swimming at their prime in time for summer.
- Swimming is a fun, low cost and social lifestyle exercise that provides skills for life.
- Swimming boosts the immune system and is good for overall mental and physical wellbeing.
- Drowning does not discriminate with one fifth of all drowning deaths taking place in winter months – a time not associated with aquatic activity.
- Swimming is a great way for children to stay active and healthy during winter while providing them with a vital life skills in water safety.
JUMP! Swim Schools is a Queensland-‐based multinational company that began in Grafton, NSW, in 2009. It was founded by managing director Ian Campbell, a father of three young boys who is passionate about increasing participation, water confidence and skill levels across the country in a bid to decrease drowning statistics.
There are now 24 JUMP! Swim Schools operating across the country and another 34 approved to open within six months.
The company is renowned for its breakthrough outcomes-based curriculum that teaches babies from three months of age to master the basic elements of swimming by 12 months of age.