10 reasons why every child should learn to swim

  1. As a part of the recreational sports spectrum, the ability to swim is a basic right for everyone.
  2. During a child’s time at school, our school system provides each student the opportunity to learn various forms of sport; no other sport can save a person’s life throughout their entire life.
  3. The time to learn to swim is early in each person’s life since child drowning is an ever-present threat. Bodies of water are literally everywhere so this life-skill is a necessity, just like wearing seat belts while traveling in a car!
  4. Throughout every person’s life, there will be frequent occasions where water in some form will be nearby. Accidents of this type happen daily. Swimming is a life-skill that once learned, is never forgotten.
  5. Giving children this basic life skill is a responsibility, not an option.
  6. New Zealand has bodies of water everywhere; in addition, there are a large amount of backyard pools in NZ. While there are all types of regulations requiring barriers to entry, none of them are fool proof.
  7. The only secure way of minimising accidental drownings in the 0-4 age group is by preventative measures, not mechanical devices or barriers which can provide a false sense of security.
  8. It would be rare for an accidental drowning to occur when the child or adult already knows how to swim and has competent water safety knowledge.
  9. Aquatic exercise for people of all ages and abilities generally is not an option unless the person has basic swim skills.
  10. Swimming is a fun, healthy form of exercise and is a family-style form of sharing happiness together!

DEFINITION OF SWIMMING: “To be as comfortable and to move as easily in deep water as on land.”

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