Children swimming in winter: Parents urged to take kids for a dip

Ashley Argoon, Herald Sun
July 8, 2016 4:00pm

A WINTER dip can save children from the summer rip, swim experts say.

Parents are being urged against giving the pool the cold shoulder as research shows year-round swimming lessons can reduce drowning rates of young children by 88 per cent.

Centre for Sport Research co-director Dr Paul Gastin said it was “critically important” to engage kids in sport all year round.

“For children, being strong and confident swimmers in summer should be a result of consistent participation throughout the year, in much the same way as athletes prepare over pre-season in readiness for the season ahead,” he said.