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Damian Harris

on 1 June 2010

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Transcript of Brooke

1. To paint a picture of the ‘typical’ swimmer
2. To provide researchers and swim school administrators with information including:
-the perceived benefits of swimming lessons;
-the perceived social, intellectual, emotional and physical developmental affects of swimming lessons;
-the perceived differences between swimmers and non-swimmers;
-information surrounding the attendance at swimming lessons.

Method -
-Interviews with parents from swim schools
-In total 48 parents with children ranging from babies through to 5 years of age were interviewed
-Interviews transcribed and data analysed
Early Childhood Swimming Research
Brooke Reeves
Professor Robyn Jorgensen
Dr Peter Grootenboer
50% Boys
50% Girls
Average 3 yr old
70% - before the age of 1
30% - between 2 – 2.5 years
87% - once a week
13% - twice a week
Mum & Dad would like to send me to swimming more often:

85% - yes
15% - no
I go to swimming all year round:

83% yes
17% I have a break
Reasons I don’t go to swimming lessons all the time:

1- financial
2- time constraints
3- family commitments
4- work commitments
engagement in a physical activity;
school readiness;
water confidence;
developing a routine;
and, discipline;
with the main benefit identified as the development of the child’s listening skills
Benefits of swimming lessons
(aside from the development of water skills):

Differences in the children as a result of swimming lessons

intellectual development:
improved concentration levels
emotional development:
much happier;
reduced separation anxiety;
the child’s comfort level in attending swimming lessons improved.

some participants stated their child experienced anxiety making the transition from having the parent in the pool during the lesson to having no parent once the child got older
social development - 75% of respondents noted a difference in the social development of their child.
(1) direct interaction with other children, and (2) interaction with the teacher as the authority figure
confidence levels:
- 38 out of 48 participants noted an improvement in the confidence levels in their child
- a further 73% stating confidence was transferred to other aspects of childs' life: in risk taking and confidence in social settings
Differences between their child and
others that don’t attend swimming
-only 55% of parents knew other children that don’t attend swimming lessons
-of the 55% - 45% stated they noticed a slight difference between the children
physical development:
- swimming ability
- technique
social development:
socially more aware than others
- more of a risk taker;
- more confident socially around others;
- more confidence in everyday life
Enrolment Influences
car parking
lesson make
up policy
lesson availability
Physical development
Muscle Strength
body awareness
Objectives of the research
change rooms
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