The Signs That Your Child Needs VACSWIM Lessons
22 November 2019
Regardless of whether your child has previously been to
swimming lessons, VACSWIM is a program that undoubtedly all South
Australian parents should consider. An opportunity to develop a
range of water-based skills, this iconic state-wide program teaches
primary school-aged kids water safety, confidence and competence in
the water, as well as personal survival activities and aquatic
Without further ado, here are the signs that your child needs
1. Your child isn't confident around bodies of water
In South Australia, we are surrounded by beaches, pools, rivers,
lakes and dams. Therefore, it's important for all South Australian
children to feel confident and happy in and around the water and
have a basic understanding of this environment. It's imperative
that kids are not fearful of swimming or being around bodies of
water as water confidence ensures kids know how to remain safe
should they fall in, or if issues arise while they are submerged.
If your child is confident around water this also allows you, as a
parent, to have peace of mind on your next resort holiday, or your
next trip to the beach or the local swimming pool.
Is your child confident around water? If the answer is no, Vacswim is a great
2. They have limited knowledge
of out-of-water safety techniques
If your children are not aware of the water safety rules and
techniques that will keep them safe, this could have catastrophic
Does your child know not to run around the pool? Are they aware
that they need to be supervised at all times by a guardian?
Are they aware of any 'dry rescue' techniques? If you answered
no to any of these, we would recommend undertaking a VACSWIM
program in the upcoming season!
3. They have minimal water
Emergencies may arise when your child is swimming in bodies of
water, especially if they are at the river or in sea water. For
example, if your child does not know what to do in the instance of
submerged objects or slippery banks and uneven surfaces, it is
imperative that they learn so that they can keep themselves safe
and potentially help those around them remain safe.
4. They are not familiar with
the swimming in different bodies of water
Our programs are held in community pools and popular beaches all
over South Australia. It's important to be confident and to be
familiar with the eminent dangers with swimming in all water
environments. Majority of South Australian kids are familiar with
swimming in backyard pools, which is a great start-but swimming in
the oceans, rivers and dams pose a different story altogether.
Depending on where you are swimming, waves and currents can make
it harder to swim. There are also differences between sea water and
river water. Sea water contains dissolved salts, which increases
the density of water-so, it's easier to swim in the ocean vs the
river. There are so many factors that affect our ability to swim!
Therefore, it's recommended that child undertakes a range of our
programs year after year to ensure they are well prepared going
5. They don't know how to
Although we are much more than a swimming lesson program,
Vacswim is a great start for your child to learn how to swim. We
teach all kids that enrol in our program basic swimming strokes
that allow them to build confidence and competence in aquatic
environments, and to ultimately enjoy swimming. We want
participants to enjoy the recreational aspect of water related
Vacswim is South Australia's longest running summer school
holiday program, however if this is news to you, simply start with
provider information page to learn about each of the providers
and their tailored 'swim and survive' programs available.