Teach your child to be water confident
Water awareness combines a range of strategies and activities designed to keep your child safe when in, on, or around water. These include water familiarisation, checking for and removing water hazards, setting rules around water and discussing water safety with your child.
Water awareness classes, such as Royal Life Saving’s Swim and Survive Wonder Program, focus on the gradual introduction of very basic skills for children aged 6 to 36 months like moving in the water, getting the face wet and blowing bubbles.
The next step is the Courage program which teaches water confidence to children aged 3 to 5 years.
From five years children are suitable for learn to swim classes. Here they will turn the basic skills taught in water awareness classes into recognisable strokes and develop the confidence to swim without being held by a parent or instructor.
But you can also use bath time as a time for water awareness. Let your baby or child feel, experience and play with water.
Put rules in place for when they go near water and ensure parents and adults uphold these rules themselves to set a good example. When visiting new aquatic locations you can examine these together with your child and discuss any safety issues and rules for that location with your child.
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