CHILDREN are missing out on vital swimming skills because parents are leaving it up to schools to teach them.
The high cost of lessons, and the mistaken belief of parents that all schools offer swimming lessons as part of the curriculum, are being blamed for the perilous decline in swimming ability among school-aged students.
Surf Life Saving Queensland, which releases its 2017 Coast Safe report today, fears more children will drown unless the state addresses the issue.
SLSQ chief operating officer George Hill said the greatest challenge identified in the report was the increasing number of students aged five to 17 who displayed low to poor swimming ability.
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