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PARC Swim Vision

PARC Swim Vision

PARC Swim Vision a partnership between Deakin University and Peninsula Leisure.

Here at PARC we have a vision that “every child in Frankston can swim” by the time they leave primary school.

With 60% of children completing primary school unable to swim 50m, we have developed a strategy to ensure children in Frankston are not only safe around water but are equipped to enjoy the magnificent aquatic environments of the area, such as PARC and our beautiful beaches.

Whilst there has been research previously around perceived swimming ability, no formal research has shown what the best method is to teach children how to swim so that they retain their skills and stay safer around water.

Anecdotally we know that the more consistently children practice certain skills, the better they become. We believe that this practise needs to be all year round as breaks in practise lead to lack of skill retention.

However, with a range of short term, intense and longer-term programs in place, and an ongoing acceptance of kids not swimming through winter, Peninsula Leisure seeks to help the industry determine best practise methods for development and retention.

PARC Swim Vision a partnership between Deakin University and Peninsula Leisure.

Here at PARC we have a vision that “every child in Frankston can swim” by the time they leave primary school.

With 60% of children completing primary school unable to swim 50m, we have developed a strategy to ensure children in Frankston are not only safe around water but are equipped to enjoy the magnificent aquatic environments of the area, such as PARC and our beautiful beaches.

Whilst there has been research previously around perceived swimming ability, no formal research has shown what the best method is to teach children how to swim so that they retain their skills and stay safer around water.

Anecdotally we know that the more consistently children practice certain skills, the better they become. We believe that this practise needs to be all year round as breaks in practise lead to lack of skill retention.

However, with a range of short term, intense and longer-term programs in place, and an ongoing acceptance of kids not swimming through winter, Peninsula Leisure seeks to help the industry determine best practise methods for development and retention.

We have partnered with Deakin University and are currently in the middle of a world first study that will determine the best method and program to teach swimming and ensure the retention of the skills developed.

Within the study four groups of students are being assessed with 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
  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
These children will all be re-tested at the end of 2018 using the same criteria and the results to be published early 2019.  These results are eagerly awaited by the aquatics industry and will no doubt inform best practise methods for learning swimming for years to come.

We have partnered with Deakin University and are currently in the middle of a world first study that will determine the best method and program to teach swimming and ensure the retention of the skills developed.

Within the study four groups of students are being assessed with 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
  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
These children will all be re-tested at the end of 2018 using the same criteria and the results to be published early 2019.  These results are eagerly awaited by the aquatics industry and will no doubt inform best practise methods for learning swimming for years to come.

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