15 Water Safety Books That Are Perfect For Aussie Kids
6 October 2019
VACSWIM is a South Australian Government supported initiative
designed to help primary school aged children learn to swim. For
over 50 years, we have provided children with opportunities to
develop their confidence and competence with swimming, survival
skills, as well as basic aquatic emergency procedures.
But your children's swimming journey doesn't begin and end with
the VACSWIM program. It's important that your children learn about
water safety at home and the sooner they do, the better. Reading to
babies and children aids brain development, strengthens
imagination, stimulates curiosity, and helps them develop
communication skills. Help your child's development by reading with
them every day!
We've shared 15 kids books that are designed to prepare your
little ones for water safety now and in the years to come.
Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me
Treasure at Sea for Dragon and Me follows a little girl and her
dragon best friend as they spend a day at the beach. They build
sandcastles, swim, and get thrown into a race against time to stop
pirates from claiming buried treasure. Along the way, the little
girl instructs her impulsive dinosaur friend about water safety.
This book is particularly handy for learning about water safety
thanks to The Dragon's Water Safety Rhyme, and a checklist of
swimming safety rules that is included in the book.
Kids Don't Float
Kids Don't Float is written for toddlers and preschoolers and is
designed to teach them that while some things float in water,
others do not. It's written in a sing song rhythm, so your young
ones can remain entertained and engaged as they learn about the
unexpected dangers of getting too close to the water, and why they
should always wait for an adult.
Llama Llama Learns To Swim
Based upon the much-beloved children's series from Anna Dewdney,
this book follows its title character Llama Llama as he learns to
swim for the very first time. It's the perfect book to accompany
your children to their own swimming lessons. If they're at all
nervous, try reading to them before their lesson so that they can
relate to Llama Llama's own uneasiness, and observe his eventual
The Bear's Vacation
The Berenstain Bears go on a vacation to the beach. Papa Bear
decides to share how to be safe with Small Bear. It is one crazy
adventure. It is a great book to share with kids getting ready to
go on a beach vacation or just in general. It helps to teach beach
safety & that following rules can keep you safe no matter the
Beckett Beaver Learns About Pool Safety
This book is written by a former lifeguard and swim instructor. It
follows the classic "do" and "don't" format, optimising the ease
with which your child can comprehend the rules of the pool.
Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim
Stewie the Duck comes with a song about swim safety that's easy
for toddlers and young children to memorise. Encourage your child
to repeat it themselves before you take them swimming!
See Me Bubble: Teaching Kids to Love the Water
Kids love to blow bubbles from a very young age, but they don't
know where bubbles come from. This book is packed with vibrant
colours and silly sayings to delight your children and teach them
the importance of 'bubbling,' which is really the importance of
breathing. It also comes with crucial drowning prevention
information for parents to take note of.
1, 2, 3, Jump!
Kids have spectacular imaginations, and they can run wild when
they're afraid of something as challenging as swimming. This book
features a protagonist who's also scared to get in the water and
must overcome her fears. It has plenty of encouraging advice for
fearful young ones.
Water Safety with Swimmy: 10 Water Safety Rules Everyone Should
Not only is this helpful book packed with information about water
safety, it's written in the cadence of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,
so the rules are easy for your kids to memorise.
Maisy Learns to Swim
This beautifully illustrated book takes your child through the
entire swimming experience. Read this one with your kids in the
days leading up to their first swimming lesson so that they can get
used to all the steps it takes to swim, from entering the pool to
learning to swim in the water to the importance of finding your
towel quickly afterward so you don't catch a cold!
Leo Can Swim
Leo Can Swim provides a nice introduction for your kids to the
thought of swimming. What makes this book extra special is it's
illustrated with a diverse cast of characters from different ethnic
backgrounds. No matter the colour of their skin, your children can
find characters that look just like them.
Ruby Learns to Swim
This book not only encourages kids to stay safe when around water,
but it also reminds them that swimming is a fun experience. With
fun illustrations and a simple writing style your kids can chant
along to, it's another great addition to your children's swimming
Toby the Dolphin and Water Safety
Toby the Dolphin contains important lessons about water safety.
Written by Splash Medics, a group of paramedics and EMTs, the book
is designed to help you get your little ones prepared for their
Lifeguard: Beach First Responder
This book introduces your children to lifeguards-what their
responsibilities are, and why it's so important for kids (and
adults) to listen to them.
Saturday Is Swimming Day
Saturday is Swimming Day tells the story of a little girl who is
very nervous about getting in the pool during her swimming lessons
but is encouraged and supported by her kind swimming instructor,
Mary. It helps kids know that it's normal to be nervous about
learning to swim and that it's okay to go at their own pace.
VACSWIM offers children the opportunity to develop a range of
skills and positive experiences in the areas of water safety,
confidence and competence in the water, personal survival
activities, and basic aquatic emergency procedures. Learn more about our programs
available at over 120 pool and beach locations around South