School Rules! - 9-11 years old
Water is a big part of Australian life. Beaches, creeks, dams and backyard pools provide limitless play and fitness opportunities for children. Unfortunately there are risks associated with water activities.
Knowing how to swim is a practical and responsible way to address water safety as well as encouraging fitness. As they get older and more confident, they can become over confident in their abilities. Involve your children in lifesaving training at the local swimming pool or beach. When near water help them to understand the hazards around water such as rips, tides, currents and submerged hazards.
Your child will continue to need adult supervision when playing in and around water. Encourage safe swimming by playing responsibly and by being aware and courteous to others sharing the water environment. Your participation with water play can maintain an important parent role of modeling appropriate behaviour in and around water such as swimming between the flags at the beach.
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