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Kids take the winter plunge to be summer safe …

With consistency being critical to kids learning to swim, experts believe that taking the plunge during winter months is integral to consolidating this essential life skill. Professional swimming lessons are more accessible than you might imagine during winter, with regular classes being offered year round at many suburban indoor and outdoor heated pools.

Investing in winter swim lessons, helps kids continue to learn and practice the skills needed to make the most of Australia’s aquatic lifestyle and most importantly, be safe in and around water. However, swimming during Winter months need not be a chore, given that water temperatures are between 25 to 30◦c – providing an oasis in Winter for those who want to stay swim savvy year round.

According to head swim instructor at Lane Cove Aquatic Centre, Danielle McKenna, “Kids should be taught to swim in achievable steps, learning the basics in a nurturing, engaging and fun class environment, with a gradual introduction to new techniques which will lead to water independence.”

“As a mum of two little ones, I have seen first-hand how children learn at different paces and benefit from a progressive swim program which allows them to advance when they are ready. It’s important to find a swim school that offers a supportive and stimulating environment, with an integrated and progressive swim program and small class sizes, explains McKenna, adding “Parental involvement, encouragement and support is also paramount to children learning to swim”.

Attending regular lessons and squads for more proficient swimmers promotes endurance and a long winter off-season can result in diminished swimming skills and reduced water confidence when summer returns. Water safety is vital and ongoing lessons will provide skills to last a lifetime.

With the aim of teaching children to love and respect water, Bluefit Swimming offer year round swim lessons with a clear progression from babies through to swim club, squad activities as well as adult classes. All classes are manned by a team of highly trained swim coaches and instructors who boast AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming Water Safety, Swim Australia Teacher, current CPR and WWCC as well as specially trained infant and stroke correction coaches. Swim staff undergo quarterly in-service training and attend unique twice daily ‘huddle hubs’ which centre around swim staff discussing student needs, assessments and lesson plans.

A no-judgement zone, catering to all ages and abilities with an emphasis on developing aquatic safety and confidence for all, Bluefit Swimming is focused on bring safe swimming skills to both children and adults alike. Classes gradually foster important water skillsets such as exploration through water play, floating, submerging skills, safe breathing techniques, strong kicking action as well as working on stroke development and proficiency in all four swimming strokes, leading to swimming endurance and lap swimming.

Source: Bluefit Swimming

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