We swim is a campaign, a movement to inspire parents across Australia to take action to ensure their children enjoy all the benefits of swimming, from the fun stuff like splashes, dives and races to the many health and safety benefits of being in the water.
The key focus of the campaign is to encourage parents to enrol their children in lessons, whether they’re new to swimming or have dropped out too early – with the aim to ensure all children stay in lessons long enough to achieve and exceed the minimum national swimming and water safety benchmark to swim continuously for 50 metres and float in deep water for 2 minutes by 12 years of age.
Many children drop out of lessons before the age of 8 years and miss developing critical lifesaving skills. This leads to a lifelong drowning risk and missing out on a lifetime of enjoying the water.
We Swim is a celebration of inclusivity for all Australians wherever they live to join in, have fun and be safe in and around the water.
We want parents and the broader community to be inspired to amplify the message and join the movement of We Swim.
ONLY 35% ARE SWIMMING
only 35% of the 3-6 year age group are currently attending learn to swim lessons
cHILDREN DROP OUT AT 8 years old
Children are dropping out of lesson around 8 years old, well before they have developed a comprehesive set of swimming skills
40% DON'T REACH NATIONAL BENCHMARK
are unableto meet
the national swimming and water safety benchmark
WHY SHOULD WE SWIM?
We’ve all missed out on so much because of COVID-19. Swim schools and local pools across the country, have been hit hard by mandated closures and restrictions. Millions of lessons have been missed. This threatens to have tragic consequences for many Australians and may create a generation of non-swimmers now and in the future.
“ Many studies have shown that we are stronger and healthier of body and mind when we swim.”
EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY
From large aquatic facilities to local swim schools - the Aquatic Industry is committed to the health and safety of children and a nation free from drowning.
Industry can align themselves with the campaign to improve and promote what they have on offer, helping to also drive their business and keeping students in lessons to achieve national benchmarks in swimming and water safety.
Parents want the best for their children. They want to keep them safe and for their lifelong journey to be filled with fun, confidence and experiences that take them far and wide.
By joining the We Swim movement, parents are helping keep their children safe by enrolling in and continuing with swimming lessons to
reach and exceed national swimming and water safety benchmarks.
Everyone in every community can join the We Swim movement. Whatever their age, background
or location, we encourage everyone to share their own swimming journey to demonstrate the lifelong benefits of swimming and the importance
of keeping safe in and around the water.
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Sign up today to become a campaign supporter
and work collaboratively with Royal Life Saving to ensure children have access to a swimming and water safety education.