Summer, Fun, Safety – Belgravia Leisure
It’s summer and as the temperature rises Australian’s flock to water to cool off and have fun. Sadly some of those who venture won’t return home.
271 people died from drowning in Australian waterways last year; many in the environments we love like the beach, surf, rivers and lakes. Others survived near drowning only to recover and face life with severe brain damage and permanent disability.
The daily news of so many lives lost in water this year is distressing; especially when it is so preventable. Waters great, so have fun, but let’s do it safely.
Firstly learn about water in all its shapes, sizes and forms; then learn what happens to your body in water and what you can do to stay safer. A good way of doing this is through swimming and water safety classes with licensed teachers in a quality well rounded program that features personal water safety and survival as core-learning outcomes.
Drowning doesn’t happen because of poor swimming skills but from a lack of an ability to gain & maintain an effective body position for breathing. Remember, swimming is a year round activity and so is the need for safety
Combining learning to swim with water safety is essential to improve competency in and around Australian waterways. Competency to be safer requires knowledge, skill and understanding of water safety including:
Gaining competent aquatic skill in a variety of body positions
Having sound knowledge of general & local water conditions beyond the local pool
An attitude of healthy respect for Australian waterways & the mistakes that will be made as we recreate and enjoy them
The ability to make correct judgement in risk situations.
Swimming and Water safety Remember, swimming is a year round activity and so is the need for safety
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