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New research could prove key to preventing drowning deaths among Victorian children
Early results from a world-first research study show that preventing drownings is not as simple as getting more children into intensive school swimming programs.
Despite Victoria recording the highest number of reported drownings in over a decade this summer, there has previously been little to no research or formal studies undertaken on how best to teach children to swim.
To help address the tragic prevalence of drownings, Frankston-based Peninsula Leisure has joined forces with Deakin University to undertake a comprehensive study at the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (PARC) into the most effective teaching method to help kids gain and retain swimming skills.
Despite a worryingly low starting point, with two-thirds of students in the pilot study finding it challenging or impossible to swim 50 meters, early indications revealed a significant increase in swimming skills gained from the school swimming program.
However, there was a severe lack of retention of these skills. Testing undertaken just nine-months after completion of the school swimming program, showed 63% of students had a lower level of swimming competency compared to the beginning of the program. Additionally, 24% of students returned to the same level of competency.
Peninsula Leisure Chief Executive Tim Gledhill said the pioneering research, which is due to be completed in April 2019, will provide critical insights into how best to teach children so they learn and retain life-saving swimming skills.
Gledhill stated “this research is the first of its kind to show that one-off, intensive swim classes alone are not enough to address the lack of swimming ability amongst kids, or to reduce the tragic rate of drownings in Victoria and across Australia.
“Early results show that students must attend regular swimming classes, or at least swim regularly outside school, in order to retain basic swimming skills and be safe and confident in the water.
“While we support calls to increase the accessibility of schools-based programs to ensure all children can swim confidently by the end of primary school, this research also highlights the importance of ensuring the type and frequency of lessons is best suited to help kids retain these life-saving skills.”
PARC Swim Manager, Julia Wood, who helped lead the study, said she was especially proud of how the research could help increase water skills and safety in the local Frankston community.
Wood added “the Frankston primary school students who participated in the study are not only on the path to gaining valuable swim skills, but helped us gain critical knowledge on which teaching model leads to greater retention of swimming skills.
“This research could help save countless lives, and supports our vision to ensure every child in Frankston can swim.”
Testing is still being conducted at Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre, with Peninsula Leisure and Deakin University aiming to provide final research findings in April 2019.
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Swimming lessons images courtesy of Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre.
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12th September 2017 - SMALL INCREASE IN AUSTRALIA’S ANNUAL DROWNING NUMBERS
21st April 2017 - ROYAL LIFE SAVING LAUNCHES NATIONAL AQUATIC INDUSTRY SAFETY AWARDS
12th April 2017 - JUNK FOOD CONSTITUTES MAJORITY OF PURCHASES FROM SWIMMING POOL KIOSKS
14th March 2017 - LIFE SAVING VICTORIA CONCERNED BY RISING DROWNING TOLL
7th February 2017 - PARC REVAMPS SWIM PROGRAM TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S WATER SKILLS
12th January 2017 - AUSTRALIAN POOL LIFE SAVING CHAMPIONSHIPS COMMENCE AT MSAC
19th December 2016 - VICTORIAN STUDY AIMS TO FIND THE BEST WAY TO TEACH CHILDREN TO SWIM
28th November 2016 - VICTORIAN DROWNING REPORT RAISES CONCERNS OVER COASTAL DEATHS
7th November 2016 - PENINSULA AQUATIC RECREATION CENTRE INTRODUCES ‘SPLASHY MCSPLASH TOWN’
20th September 2016 - DROWNING FIGURES DEMONSTRATE IMPORTANCE OF LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAMS
18th August 2016 - CORONER FINDS 2014 WATERMARC DROWNING DEATH WAS PREVENTABLE
15th February 2016 - ROYAL LIFE SAVING HELPS NEW VICTORIAN ARRIVALS TO SWIM AND SURVIVE
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