Over the course of 2018 and 2019 we partnered with Deakin University to produce a world first study on the best program method that enables children to retain their swimming skills – whether that is through weekly lessons; school intensive swim programs; a combination of both as well as children who do not participate in lessons. The report is available here
Within the study Four groups of students were studied and data captured:
1. Children who swim in weekly private lessons;
2. Children who participate in a one week per year school swimming program;
3. Children who do both 1 and 2 above; and
4. Children who do no form of swimming lessons.
Prior to the commencement of the study, Peninsula Leisure determined the base line of Frankston children’s swimming ability, with over 600 primary school students in Frankston having their swimming ability tested at PARC, competencies tested included:
• Swim 50m
• Pick up an object from the pool floor in water that is above head height
• Enter deep water and tread water or float for 5 minutes
The study was widely anticipated and has been well received by the aquatic industry stakeholders and will no doubt inform best practice methods for learning swimming for years to come.