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Continuous Swimming

After reading the title you might think this blog would be about continuously swimming lengths for distance. Continuous swimming is much more that! Please read on to learn the importance of continuing with instructional aquatic programming year-round.

Remember when you learned to swim?

Continuous Swimming
Maybe you learned up at the cottage, in the ocean, with your friends at the community pool, or maybe your backyard pool. With all of these options, you had access to those facilities all the time or every day in the summer. Could you imagine your childhood without those swimming memories splashing in the sun, doing cannonballs, playing Marco-Polo, or just doing hand stand competitions with your friends? Do you remember how good you got at swimming, playing and pretending to be a fish or mermaid? Because you were always swimming at the pool, you had consistent practice while having fun. The key word here is consistency and this is where continuous swimming comes into play!

 

Many people who learned to swim, learned by consistently going to swim. Whether that be through recreational supervised swim or in an instructional setting. The consequences of not being a habitual swimmer can really slow down the learning process. Unfortunately, this can result in never learning, struggling or stunted learning, or even accidental death. Frequent practice increases your body’s muscle memory and strength, creating more confident and able swimmers.

Did you know that drowning is the leading cause in preventable death worldwide?

In a perfect world, we want our children and ourselves to learn to swim as young as possible! With that being said, aquatic programming on a regular basis can help prevent drowning up to 88%! 92% of drownings in children in Ontario occur due to a lack of supervision and 44% of those deaths occur because the child is a weak or non-swimmer.
Continuous Swimming
One of the biggest issues we see today in the aquatic world is lack of continuous swimming and consistency throughout the winter. So many people truly believe that you can get sick when doing swimming lessons in the winter season. This is absolutely false! Yes, when your body is at a cooler temperature your immune system is not as strong. Therefore, technically anything you do in the winter can make you sick.

There is an old wives tale that gave the notion that if your head is wet and you go outside you’re going to catch a cold. Again, totally false. It is the viruses and bacteria that makes you sick, not the wet head in the cold weather.

Swimming in the winter season does not have a direct impact on your health.

For all those who believe swimming in the winter is a bad idea, they will not see as much progress in a timely manner and may even fall behind in endurance, technique and muscle memory due the break in lessons. This break may be up to 3 or 4 months depending on the duration of the session.

In short, continuously swimming by participating in regular swimming lessons is key to ensure your child is progressing and gaining important swimming skills. This will allow them to feel comfortable and more importantly, safe in and around water.

Water Safety

Tips for Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

The water is an amazing place to have fun with your children this summer but it’s so important to remember water safety and be aware of the risks. You can never to be too safe in and around the water. Our main goal at Russell Aquatics is to teach our students (both young and older) to learn how to swim so that you will ALL have that skill when a situation arises that you need to know how. Approximately 500 Canadians drown each year. Even one drowning is too many!
Water Safety Tips

Here are some tips for water safety and drowning prevention:

  • Always supervise your children when near and in the water. With younger children who cannot swim independently, ALWAYS keep them within arms reach.
  • When you are supervising children in a pool, put your phone down, it takes seconds for something to happen
  • Wear a life jacket when boating. Even the best swimmers need life jackets while boating, they don’t work if you’re not wearing them. Choose it. Use it. Wear it!!
  • Learn how to swim – everyone needs to know how. It’s not IF you need to know how to swim, it’s WHEN!
  • Always swim with a buddy and make sure the buddy knows how to swim
  • If you can’t swim, always wear a life jacket.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a bathtub
  • Hire a lifeguard when you’re having a pool party in your backyard

Stories like this and this are preventable.

Drowning is preventable and happens so quickly & silently…pay attention to your children around the water.

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