What is the ‘Learn to Swim’ program?
It is the right of every child to be taught to swim by a qualified and registered Learn to Swim (LTS) instructor and the LTS program offers children basic swimming skills. The program runs with schools within walking distance of pools that have been identified by both SSA and the municipalities concerned. Learn to Swim lessons can only take place in areas where there are facilities and Foundation Phase children walk to the pool during Physical Education or Life Orientation lessons accompanied by both educators and SSA instructors. Instructors conduct their lessons and just before the end of the lesson the learners are accompanied back to school. The partnership between SSA and the Department of Education allows the same child to be in the program for two successive years which is more than enough time for children to acquire the basic water safety skills.
Water safety education serves as the base for all the programs and before every program there is a water safety talk.
It is essential that as many adults as possible receive water safety education as it is crucial to change parents’ mindsets about aquatics and this premise will make it easier for children to be keen on taking part in aquatics.
Make Summer 2017 Fun and Safe around Water
Most drownings are preventable
Children need to be supervised in and around water by a responsible adult who can competently assist children in difficulty.
Water safety lessons and swimming must be a priority.
Learn 1st Aid and CPR this could save a life.
Many drownings occur because of alcohol
Children up until the age of 12 year need to be supervised when swimming.
Never swim alone.
Make sure that swimming pools are covered with a net when not in use.
If your pool is surrounded by a fence, make sure that the gate closes securely and that there are no objects that allow a toddler to get over the fence.
Public Pool Safety
Obey Lifeguards or pool attendants.
Enter a pool carefully if you are a weak swimmer and make sure you know which side the shallow side is and that it is actually shallow enough that you can cope.
Obey Lifeguards and do not interfere with their duties.
Never touch or play with rescue equipment – it’s there to save your life
Always swim between the life saving flags, this designate a controlled swimming area.
Never swim alone
If in doubt stay out of surf that looks unsafe
Do not go swimming under the influence of Alcohol
In 2015 we filmed this video in conjunction with the PE Express online staff and they have just published it on line along with an article regarding the holiday club.
The video is at the end of the article. Click on the link below.