Colder weather is well and truly upon us, and it is also the time when kids often begin to hang up their swimmers, pool toys and swimming abilities, and leave them until next summer. However, we know repetition and consistency is essential when learning a new skill.
Given Sydney’s location and proximity to water, it is vital that all Sydney-siders are taught the fundamentals of water safety. What's even more important is that these skills are maintained all-year-round, and Winter is the perfect time to learn and refine your child's skills in preparation for Summer.
Royal Life Saving research shows that kids who drop out at the ages 6 or 7, miss out on essential swimming and water safety skills, and fail to learn basic survival strokes.
There are several significant benefits to continuing regular swimming lessons during Winter.
Maintain their skills, confidence and progress
In most instances, taking a break often results in a regression of previously established skills. Consistency during Winter ensures your child’s water safety skills continue to progress and advance.
You’ll also see your child’s confidence flourish when it comes to the season of pool parties and family beach days during Summer.
Maintain their health and fitness
With the colder weather, comes a less active lifestyle. Swimming lessons provide your child with a healthy and fun activity to get them out of the house and increase their fitness. Meaning less screen time and more water play!
Consistency is key, and with our Winter swim program delivered within indoor, heated pools there is no risk of the sport being called off due to ‘bad weather’.
Maintain a healthy immune system
Several studies have now busted the myth that swimming in Winter can make you sick. In fact, keeping fit improves your health and boosts the immune system and makes the body resilient to stress and illness.
Our Winter swimming lessons are delivered within indoor heated pools (Also working in mum and dad’s favour when compared to standing on the sidelines in the freezing cold of an outdoor park on an early weekend morning, and then having to wash the muddy footy jersey during the week!)
Maintain routine and a manageable family schedule
With our learn to swim program offered at 3 locations across Sydney during Winter, this offers flexibility and ease of finding a time and day that suits mum and dads schedule.
Too often our swim instructors see children coming back to swimming lessons in the Spring and Summer that have taken a step back in their skills and confidence in, around water. The City of Sydney pools delivers a year-long learn to swim program that ensures all children have the opportunity to advance their skills, and parents have the peace of mind that their child is water safe.
Ongoing Learn to Swim program
The City of Sydney GOswim program, runs for 48 weeks of the year, and is a rolling program, whereby you can join anytime, there’s no need to wait for a new school term. Better yet, our Winter lessons are delivered within several indoor centres across Sydney, including in Sydney, in Zetland, and in Ultimo.
Fast-track School Holiday Intensives (run every school holidays)
The fast-track school holiday intensive program is an excellent way to accelerate the development of your child's skills during the school holidays. Facilitated as a 1:1 lesson, our instructors ensure your child gets a program personalised to their individual needs and skillset.