SWIMMING CARNIVAL HIGHLIGHTS THAT LEARNING TO SWIM SAVES LIVES
With the weather warming up and families starting to return to the beach or pool, State Swim’s Chief Operating Officer, Ben Robertson, says it is now more important than ever to learn to swim.
Mr Robertson speaks from experience – 3 years ago he pulled a father and son from a rip at a beach in Victoria and says the experience will never leave him. Mr Robertson learnt to swim through the State Swim program, and his ability to swim well meant he was able to assist and save the lives of others.
“Learning to swim and gaining a respect for the water – no matter if it’s at a beach or in a swimming pool – is such an essential skill for every Australian to have,” Mr Robertson said.
“We know that learning to swim saves lives, and is especially important for those who live close to the coast or natural waterways like rivers, lakes or lagoons, or those who have a pool at home. Being able to swim is the best survival skill you can have.”
Beyond water safety, learning to swim has many other benefits, including:
- Keeping your heart and lungs healthy;
- Improving muscle strength and flexibility;
- Increasing stamina;
- Improving balance and posture;
- Being low impact on joints;
- Challenging swimmers, which helps build resilience and self-confidence.
State Swim has a strong philosophy about how children best learn the skills required to make them stronger, safer swimmers. With a unique, year-round program and attention to detail, State Swim students learn effectively in a safe, fun, and supportive environment.
“Another aspect of the State Swim philosophy is our Interschool Carnival. Held twice per year, it is the largest interschool carnival in WA, with all nine WA State Swim schools competing – that’s over 500 children!” said Mr Robertson.
“The highlight of the carnival is that it encourages students to compete against their own personal bests.”
To be held on the 9th of November 2019 at HBF Stadium, the carnival also allows students to demonstrate the swimming technique that they have learnt over their learn-to-swim journey in a competitive environment.
State Swim – founded in Adelaide over 50 years ago – is now Western Australia’s leading aquatic education provider, with state-of-the-art facilities in Butler, Canning Vale, East Fremantle, Ellenbrook, Joondalup, Kwinana, Osborne Park, Secret Harbour, and Whitford City.