Dive into sum­mer safety

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO EDUCATION -

Ba­bies are born with an in­stinct to swim, but they soon lose their nat­u­ral aquatic abil­i­ties. Drown­ing sta­tis­tics are shock­ing and heart-break­ing, which makes swim­ming skills one of the most im­por­tant things any par­ent should teach their child. In ad­di­tion to learn­ing a life-sav­ing tech­nique, swim­ming lessons have sev­eral great ben­e­fits for both chil­dren and adults. Swim­ming is a great form of ex­er­cise, it is ther­a­peu­tic and even a so­cial skill! There are five ba­sic swim­ming skills ev­ery­one should be able to per­form in or­der to be con­sid­ered an ad­e­quate swim­mer. • Float­ing or tread­ing wa­ter for one minute with­out the aid of a flota­tion de­vice Step­ping or jump­ing into wa­ter over your head and re­turn­ing to the sur­face Tread­ing wa­ter or float­ing in a full cir­cle and then find­ing a way out of the wa­ter Ex­it­ing a pool with­out us­ing a lad­der (or steps) Swim­ming the length of a stan­dard pool) with­out stop­ping

With tem­per­a­tures soar­ing in Zu­l­u­land, we will be spend­ing much more time in the swim­ming pool and ocean. Make sure all your oved ones have the nec­es­sary skills to en­joy the wa­ter with­out hav­ing to worry about their safety.

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