Known as the nation with glorious beaches and fantastic water sports, it’s assumed most Aussies are in the water regularly, especially during those blazing summer months.
Yet, a recent survey conducted by Kingswim found a staggering 51 per cent of Australian adults cannot swim 50m without stopping, and a further 10 per cent cannot swim at all – highlighting the misconception that Aussies are all confident and capable swimmers.
With 291 drownings documented last year alone (recorded by Royal Life Saving), it’s never been more important to learn to swim, especially for children.
Kingswim’s survey results also highlighted the benefits of childhood swimming lessons, with young adults who received lessons as kids experiencing an increase in confidence and ability while in the water.
Findings indicated that 45 per cent of 18-24-year-olds had swimming lessons through three or more channels as a child, of which 84 per cent believed they received adequate lessons growing up.
Kingswim Marketing Manager, Rowena Thomasson, says it’s fantastic to see this increase in confident young swimmers and the benefits of swimming lessons paying off.
“Many of the parents who enrol their children in classes, do so to enable their child to be able to swim confidently,” she says.
“85 percent of all Australian’s live within 50kms of the coast, which makes learning to swim all the more vital, especially as we head into the summer months,” she adds.
Aside from the obvious benefits such as increasing water safety and awareness, it is also an excellent form of exercise and a great way to socialise, opening up new opportunities for children to get involved in sports and remain active during different parts of the year.
“Kayaking, canoeing, surfing, scuba diving, sailing and snorkelling are all incredible activities that many will never experience, simply because they lack the ability to swim. Swimming is a basic but essential life skill which every Aussie should have,” she adds.
“With classes for children as young as 12 weeks it’s never too early to enrol in lessons.”
This blog post is sponsored by Kingswim
Kingswim has taught more than 14 million swim lessons to Aussie kids over the past 30 years. Kingswim offers programs for babies from 12 weeks of age, right through to graduate level swimmers at its 20 centres across the country. For more information on Kingswim programs and the benefits of year-round swimming please visit www.kingswim.com.au