Laurie Lawrence brought his granddaughters Evie (6) and Harper (2.5) to Melbourne on Saturday to demonstrate vital swimming and water safety techniques to more than 100 AUSTSWIM teachers.
The swimming teachers were able to observe learn to swim teaching progressions for babies and toddlers. Harper displayed her ability to independently swim while being supervised within arms reach of her mother.
The AUSTSWIM teachers were versed on how to educate parents to
– relax with their baby in the water
– build independent swimming skills
– understand swimming progressions
-understand the value of participating in swimming lessons
6 year old Evie displayed her confidence and competence in swimming freestyle and backstroke. The AUSTSWIM teachers were able to observe the learn to swim progression as each stroke was broken down into basic components of water familiarisation, breath control, submersion, floating and propulsion.
During the professional development “Master Class” Laurie emphasised his Kids Alive do the five message.
The AUSTSWIM teachers were introduced to the new water safety resource pack for early learners. The water safety pack which is supported by the Australia Government looks at water safety education messages for the farm, beach, pool and home environments. These resources go hand in hand with swimming lessons to help teach children a respect for the water. Parents are encouraged to go online to www.kidsalive.com.au to access FREE water safety animations, music and games to enjoy with their child.
Kids Alive with other water safety bodies have seen the national drowning statistics for under fives down to an all time low of 20 last year. To view reports go to http://www.royallifesaving.com.au/facts-and-figures