SWIM: Simple tips to a safer swimming season

12 December 2018

How prepared are you and your family this swimming season?

Being water wise, is as simple as spelling, SAFER! Thanks to a clever initiative from Rackley Swimming

When it comes to swimming, these vital skills learned at lessons, can be helpful – or indeed life saving – when in and around water, no matter the aquatic activity.

“That’s why our new community message, ‘This is Swimming’, is so important. It highlights how any body of water, is in fact swimming - it could be surfing at the beach, splashing in the pool, jet skiing, or stand-up paddle boarding. But we also consider tyre rafting, fishing, or even building sandcastles, part of the swimming activities … because if your kids fell into the water, swimming skills would be required,” said Rackley Swimming CEO, Reece Rackley.

Devastatingly, drowning is still the number one cause of accidental deaths for children under five years. That’s why Rackley Swimming is encouraging all families to improve their water safety awareness and be better prepared … and it’s as simple as remembering one word – SAFER!

“The SAFER Layers of Protection is based around a memorable acronym, and action plan, supported by leading swim authority, the Australian Swim Schools Association (ASSA). It’s effective as each letter of the word, SAFER, highlights vital but simple steps towards safer swimming practices,” said Rackley.

  • Swimming skills – ongoing lessons increase skills and confidence.
  • Adult supervision – adults should remain within arms’ reach of children under five.
  • Fences and gates – ensure all fences and gates are secure and are compliant.
  • Emergency plan – know what to do if an accident should occur.
  • Reduce the risk … for SAFER swimming!

“While water safety revolves around lessons, supervision, compliant barriers, and being prepared in case of an emergency, swimming is also about fun, family time, social interaction, and introducing children to an enriching and holistic activity, where the skills learned, are skills for life,” Rackley concluded.

Written by

Angela Sutherland

After spending over 20 years on the editorial desks of some the leading magazine publishing houses of London and Sydney, Angela swapped the city frenzy for a Queensland sea change. Now owner and editor of Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City, she loves spending her days documenting and travelling the crazy road of family life alongside every mum and dad. 

When she’s not at her desk buried in magazine stories, you’ll often find her entrenched in a heated game of beach cricket, or being utterly outrun by her inventive seven-year-old and rambunctious threenager.

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