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The chore that most parents start too early

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17.02.2019

Swimming is our birthright as Australians. We swim in the ocean, in rivers, lakes and dams, in council pools and our own backyards.

This summer has been all about swimming in nature for my family: bushwalking to billabongs in national parks and enjoying the ocean pools around Sydney.

My husband and I spent our honeymoon a decade ago snorkelling on a coral reef, and I can hardly wait to share a similar holiday with our children.

Children should continue swimming lessons between age eight and 12 to achieve recommended skills.Credit:Peter Morris

Before then, I have to endure more swimming lessons. Not mine, the kids’.

There are few things more important than teaching your child the skills to survive in water, apart from maybe learning them yourself.

There have been 97 drowning deaths this summer31 in NSW alone – according to Royal Life Saving Australia.

For that reason alone, swimming lessons are a non-negotiable in my household.

Swimming is also one of the things I love best in the world and I want to pass on the joy to my kids.

But I confess, I do not love children’s swimming lessons.

I'm not alone. I actually heard a story about a friend of a friend who said she would have considered having a third child were it not for swimming lessons. I’m not sure she was joking.

We’ve tried a few different swim schools in our time.

We moved on from our local pool where the lessons were taught by........

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