Why Every Australian Should Learn to Swim

As a nation, swimming is practically in our DNA.

Many Aussies love the water, and who can blame us? Australia’s coasts are lined with beautiful beaches, providing a splash of relief on hot, summer days.

As humans, our connection to water goes even deeper than this. Did you know our bodies are made of 60 percent water?

Water is the key to life, nourishing the planet and sustaining every system in our bodies.

Tragically, water is also the destroyer of life – drowning claims the lives of hundreds of Australians every year and it’s the leading cause of accidental death for children under three.

This is why it’s vital that all Aussies learn how to swim.

Safety in water – swimming lessons for babies, children and adults

There’s no “one-size fits all” approach, when it comes to getting your child (or yourself) comfortable with the water.

But it’s best to start from a young age. The earlier, the better – since the risk of drowning is greatly reduced for children who’ve learnt to float on their own before turning three.

For babies, professionally taught lessons may be useful from three to six months – while their bodies hang onto the memory of floating in their mother’s womb and they’re likely to feel at home in the water (thanks to this aquatic instinct).

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Parents who’ve taught their little ones how to swim know that it can be a daunting experience…for the child, as well as for mum and dad!

Swimming lessons take some of this pressure off. Our qualified Austswim instructors use the best and safest methods to ease children (of all ages) into the water, so you know that your child is in good hands.

Every child is different, as anyone with a brood of kids living under their roof can tell you.

At Aquabliss, we make sure our lessons honour individual growth and development, while focusing on activities such as floating, breath control and submersion.

We work closely with children to make sure they’ve mastered each skill, before moving onto the next level. Our small classes move together, as we teach children in groups based on their age or ability level, while also catering to individual differences.

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Whether you’re at the beach, visiting a friend with a pool, or enjoying a family picnic by the river – there’s no avoiding the water in Australia. It’s a relief to know you won’t need to watch your child like a hawk, when they know how to swim.

And if the lessons are for you, there’s no shame in that. In fact, you’re in good company, since many adults don’t know how to swim. We teach the basics to people of all ages, or show them how to improve their wobbly technique.

This is especially useful if you haven’t gone swimming in years!

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Swim for fitness, swim for fun…

The benefits of swimming go far beyond its life-saving potential, so it’s worth learning to do well.

Swimming does wonders for fitness, health and wellbeing. It’s a great way to improve flexibility, build endurance, increase blood circulation and manage your weight – while your body is being soothed by the cooling water.

Water is buoyant and gentle on the limbs, which makes it easier to do exercises which are challenging on land. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is the easy way out, it’s not. Water provides 12 to 14 percent more resistance than exercising on land.

Swimming is also a great way to release stress, practise discipline and renew your energy.

There’s no shortage of classes to try at Aquabliss…

We offer Parent and Child classes, Learn to Swim classes, Development & Competitive Squads, Aqua Aerobics, Adult Learn to Swim and Adult Squads.

We’re based in Sydney’s North and North West, get in touch with us to find out more.

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