3. Learn to Swim

Free Water Safety Lessons: This summer to combat drowning, Laurie Lawrence will use the internet, to give five free water safety lessons to all parents across Australia.  The five free lessons are designed for parents with children under the age of five and are communicated via an online interactive learning program.  Click here for your 5 free online water safety lessons

Learning to swim has many benefits for our children.  It’s great for their health and well being, it enhances their self esteem and importantly teaches them a respect for water. While children are capable of being independently mobile in the water from a very young age, they must never be left unsupervised.  No child is drown proof.


Parents should enroll in learn to swim programs that encourage:

Developmentally Appropriate Learning

  • Developmentally appropriate learning means choosing swimming activities that correlate to children”s growth and development on land

Learning Without Floatation Devices

  • Floatation devices are suitable while supervising children in a play environment
  • Flotation devices including back bubbles and arm bands should not enter the realm of the formal learn to swim lesson
  • Children must feel buoyancy and the floating sensation to learn to swim

Maximum Practice Time

  • Maximum practice time is essential for skill acquisition
  • Make sure that your lesson focuses on swimming activities like breath control, submersion, floating and propulsion
  • Children should not move on until they master the prerequisite skill
  • Games and songs should always have a swimming related purpose

Homogeneous Grouping

  • Homogenous grouping means that children are booked into a class according to their age and or ability level
  • In this instance we can cater to children”s individual differences and promote maximum practice time as the whole class moves together

Parental Involvement

  • Parental involvement is essential for a safe, secure and productive learning environment
  • The parent should accompany the child in the lesson until 4 years
  • While children can learn to swim long before this age, children need constant manipulation and direction to develop great swimming skills
  • Parental involvement also allows for maximum practice time in the lesson
  • Furthermore, parental involvement teaches children that they aren”t allowed to swim without being accompanied by mum and dad

World Wide Swim School

The World Wide Swim School has been designed to teach children of all ages and abilities to swim over the internet. Designed to share 40 years of swimming teaching techniques that have taken raw beginners to Olympic medalists. Uses interactive technology and high definition video streaming to educate parents, teachers and swim school owner/operators.

Kids Alive – Do The Five!LilSmall

  1. Fence the pool
  2. Shut the gate
  3. Teach your kids to swim – it’s great
  4. Supervise – watch your mate and
  5. Learn how to resuscitate


Contact your local swim school for information on classes. Check that the swim school you are contacting is certified by AUSTSWIM or Swim Australia to ensure it meets national guidelines in teaching. Contact AUSTSWIM on (03) 9562 6450 or Swim Australia on (07) 3376 0933 for further information.

Laurie Lawrence Swim School

For more information about a Laurie Lawrence Swim School please contact:

Laurie Lawrence Swim School Aqua Logan

Laurie Lawrence Swim School Aqua Logan

(07) 3120 1600

2 Sports Drive, Underwood

Laurie Lawrence Swim School Banora Point

Laurie Lawrence Swim School Banora Point

(07) 5523 3177

Corner of Greenway and Leisure Drive Banora Point

Laurie Lawrence Swim School Currumbin

Laurie Lawrence Swim School Currumbin

0449 209 727

(Currumbin Primary School) Corner of Currumbin Creek Road and Phillip Street

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