About 5 fatal accidents occur in water bodies in Austria each year, making drowning the second most common cause of accidental deaths in children. A look at the KFV swimming study from 2021 also shows: “Action is needed, because in 2021 132,000 children aged 5 to 9 could not swim, another 51,000 just swim very unsafe. “With the help of the free self-rescue swimming course” WATER ADVENTURE “, initiated by KFV and ESV, children from 7 to 9 years old should acquire the first basic skills of self-rescue in the water”, says Dr. Johanna Trauner-Karner, Head of Sports Safety and Leisure at KFV.
St. Pölten takes on a pioneering role
“Swimming is one of the healthiest sports you can do from young to old. A prerequisite for this is to feel safe in the water. Unfortunately, the number of children who no longer learn to swim is increasing. Initiative of the Board of Directors for Road Safety together with the swimming club ESV St. Pölten is increasingly enjoyable. A big thank you goes to the qualified coaches of the ESV St.’s swimming school. Pölten. We see it as the duty of the city to provide the right infrastructure. With the purchase of the air dome at Citysplash St.
The next priority campaign will start in the summer: together with the city of St. Pölten, ESV St. swimming club. Pölten will offer swimming courses at Aquacity. During the first campaign in the summer of 2021, 230 children learned to swim through this initiative.
Prepare with games for water emergencies
The course content is taught by specialized swimming instructors and ranges from water learning to self-rescue. Upon completion of the course, children should be able to save themselves on the shore or by the pool and stay afloat if they fall into the water. Especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the last two years a great decrease in the frequency and ability of swimming in children has been observed. Given the fact that there are no swimming courses in schools and the high costs of private swimming courses, learning these skills in the water is more important than ever for accident prevention. dr Trauner-Karner.
Swimming competence at several levels
Non-beginners and beginners also benefit from this course, as children’s swimming skills can be treated individually at three different levels of difficulty. At the bronze level, for example, learning with water comes first, which is also liked by children who are afraid of water and inspires them to have fun in the water. “Playing and doing water sports is not only good for your health, but also strengthens your coordination and fitness skills and gives children a new sense of movement. “But by preventing drowning accidents, swimming is also the only sport that can save lives,” said Rainer Kastner, president and swimming instructor of ESV St. Pölten.
More self-rescue swimming courses during the summer
After the successful completion of the course and the award of the badge for the first graduates, there will be other dates during the summer for the free self-rescue swimming course “WATER ADVENTURE” in St. Pölten. Interested parents and legal guardians can learn more about the offer at www.wateradventure.kfv.at and register their children to attend.
“WATER ADVENTURE” is a course to learn self-rescue skills and does not replace the swimming course. Therefore, KFV also recommends attending a swimming course.