Wonder, Courage and Active have been chosen as the Swim and Survive program titles to reflect the hopes and aspirations of children and families as they embark on a lifetime of fun and safety in the water. Each program is structured into skill strands that ensure a balanced, comprehensive instructional approach to your child's aquatic education.
Wonder is the water familiarisation component of the Swim and Survive program, designed specifically for children aged 6 to 36 months.
Wonder is a child-centred program which is taught with parent or carer and child together in the water. Parents are an integral part of their child's aquatic education by providing guidance and support through activities that provide for the development of water familiarisation, exploration and water safety skills.
Wonder uses songs, games and activities to teach children a variety of skills including entries, floating, breathing and movement.
Wonder has 3 awards that are arranged by age groups. Within each age group are two stages which allow for a stepping stone of progression, keeping the program challenging and rewarding.
Courage is the water confidence component of the Swim and Survive program, and is designed for children aged 3 to 5 years.
Courage is fundamental to the development of basic foundation skills in swimming, survival and water safety, as is a positive attitude towards learning these essential skills.
Swim and Survive Courage guides children through fun and safe activities, gradually building upon their breathing, floating and movement skills; supporting and encouraging independence. The Courage program progresses from initial parental participation to children developing trust and learning through interacting independently with the instructor.
Courage has 5 awards for children to progress through as they build confidence and develop new skills.
Active is the Swimming and Water Safety component of the Swim and Survive program, and is designed for children aged 5 - 14 years. This component of Swim and Survive has been around for over 30 years, with almost 15 million Australians gaining a Swim and Survive award since its inception.
Active is used to emphasise that the skills learnt in the program not only save lives, but provide a foundation for participation in a range of aquatic recreation, fitness and sporting activities.
Swim and Survive Active is a broad and balanced program teaching a range of skills and knowledge to develop swimming, water safety, survival and basic rescue skills. With a vibrant look, and an increased focus on stroke development, Active encourages children to have a healthy respect for the aquatic environment.
Active has 3 developing awards and 7 core awards to progress through. The initial awards focus on development of foundation skills with the higher awards building on endurance.
Why Swim and Survive?
• 1 in 5 of all drowning deaths are children aged under 18 years of age
• 56 children drowned last year • 91% of children aged 0-4 fell or wandered into the water
• 43% of children aged 10-14 drowned in rivers
• Males are 4 times more likely to drown than females
• Drowning rate dramatically increases as teenagers become young adults.
Skills and knowledge learnt in the Swim and Survive program provides a level of protection and aims to provide children with solid foundation skills in swimming, survival and basic rescue skills.
Wonder, Courage and Active have been chosen as the Swim and Survive Program Titles to reflect the hopes and aspirations of children and families as they embark on a lifetime of fun and safety in the water.
At North Lakes Aquatic Centre your child will achieve great results in our learn to swim and Junior Squad program.