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.
“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.