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RESEARCH:

Early-Years Swimming: Adding Capital to Young Australians

UNIVERSITY OR ORGANISATION: Griffith University

SUBJECT: Children
TYPE: Report
DATE: 2012


The Early-Years Swimming Research Project was conducted over four years. It centred on an examination of the possible benefits that may accrue for under-5s who participate in swimming lessons. The importance of learning to swim at a young age cannot be disputed. With accidental drowning being the leading cause of death in under-5s, it makes good sense for all young Australians to develop water safety skills from a very early age. The focus of this study is to investigate whether or not young children gain more than just swimming skills if they participate in early-years swimming. This project has used a number of research techniques to explore the benefits, if any, participation in early-years swimming offers beyond swim skills for young children.

 

COUNTRY

Australia

AUTHOR

Robyn Jorgensen

JOURNAL / PUBLICATION

Griffith Institute for Educational Research

RESPONDENTS

177 children aged 3-5 years

Queensland

South Australia

New South Wales

Victoria

ACTIVITY

Swimming

Swimming lessons

ENVIRONMENT

Pools

AGE

< 5

Under 5s

GENDER

Male

Female

ETHNICITY

N/A

 

 
 

 

 

 

We are leading the development of customised insights that help explain New Zealand’s drowning problem, and shape interventions for safe play across our waterways.
For information contact the Head of Data, Research and Insights on wsnz@watersafety.org.nz

 
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