Rebuilding our children’s swimming skills sooner

Victorian kids would be back in the pool and learning to swim sooner under the Victorian Liberal Nationals’ Reopen, Recover, Rebuild Plan.

After 262 days in lockdown, over 8 million vital learn-to-swim lessons have been missed in Victoria, as tens of thousands of kids miss out on critical classes and see their skills and confidence in the water deteriorate.


The consequences of swim school closures are tragic. Following the lockdowns of 2020, 25 children aged 0-4 died from drowning as restrictions eased – a 108 per cent increase from the previous year.


That is why, under the Victorian Liberal Nationals’ Reopen, Recover, Rebuild Plan, all indoor swimming pools would be able to reopen for swimming lessons, squad training, lap swimming and rehab activities once the National Cabinet’s key 70 per cent double vaccination threshold is met.


These rules mirror those currently in place in New South Wales and would provide a common-sense pathway to get swim schools up and running and get our kids' water skills and confidence back on track.


In contrast, under the Andrews Labor Government’s current roadmap indoor pools and changing rooms will remain closed at the 70 per cent vaccination level.


Instead of harsh restrictions that set our kids and businesses back even further, the Liberal Nationals’ plan would deliver a sensible return to swim schools and indoor pools sooner.


Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“Swimming pool closures have real consequences for children’s confidence and safety in the water.


“For children, their families, adults learning to swim, swim schools and the jobs they support – our plan would get indoor pools open safely and sooner.”


Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Children and Students, Matt Bach:


“Victoria has seen a tragic spike in drownings amongst young people following Labor’s ongoing lockdowns.


“Every day we wait is another day children fall further behind. Our plan would get kids safely back in the pool sooner.”


Comments attributable to Learn to Swim Victoria Director, Joanne Love:


“Learn to Swim Victoria welcomes this commitment and strongly supports this common-sense plan to reopen indoor pools.


“Swimming ability and confidence is an essential life skill. Getting our swim schools back up and running must be a priority.”