May is National Water Safety Month and May 19th is National Learn to Swim Day! It’s so important to learn how to swim and it’s a life skill that we can give to our children. It’s something that everyone should know how to do and by teaching your children how to swim you will give them the confidence to enter the water and have fun!
As a SwimWays Swim Team ambassador I am happy to once again this year bring you updates on my children’s progress as they learn how to swim. Last year presented some trials, most specifically a fear of the water, and I’m hoping this year goes a little more smoothly. Despite it’s trials it is so worth it once your child conquers that fear and learns how to swim! What an empowering gift to give them.
National Learn to Swim Day is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim, and provide resources to parents for teaching their kids the important skill. According to the Red Cross, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. Can you believe that? Age 1 to 14! It shocked me to learn that it went up to age 14. Statistics show that children ages 1 to 4 drown most often in home swimming pools. It’s so important to be vigilant if you have a pool! Children were often out of sight less than 5 minutes and under the care of one or both parents at the time of many home pool drownings. It’s scary to think about but it is something we need to be SO very aware of. Be vigilant! Don’t get distracted and always keep your eyes on your kids in the water!
SwimWays invites families across the country to participate in National Learn to Swim Day in their own way. Ideas for getting involved include introducing children to the water with at home swim instruction, hosting a group swimming lesson, visiting a community pool as a family, or enrolling children in swim lessons at a local YMCA or Boys & Girls Club. Additional resources, including information about pool safety, tips and products for teaching children to swim, and downloadable reward and progress charts for kids, are available on SwimWays’ newly re-designed TeachMeToSwim.com website.
SwimWays’ Swim Steps program is a three-step approach that features swim-training aids specially designed to help parents teach kids to swim at home. Step one starts with products that comfortably help introduce babies to the water; step two products give children freedom of motion to develop confidence as they learn to balance and paddle; and step three features a patented Power Swimr™ swim training system that helps children learn to swim at their own pace.
Stay tuned as we teach our 3 children how to swim and give you an up close and personal look at the Swim Steps process and the products we use to teach our children. I can’t wait to share with you!
Do your kids know how to swim? What challenges have you had in teaching them?
*I am a SwimWays ambassador. I received no compensation for this post.