National Learn to Swim Day is May 18, 2013 (that’s THIS Saturday.) While the day is devoted to reminding families about the importance of kids learning how to swim before summer really kicks off, learning to swim goes much further beyond just one day. As I mentioned previously on the blog, we are big proponents in getting kids to learn how to swim as early as possible. Here in Wyoming we don’t have the luxury of neighborhood or private pools like many do further south, so we have to work a little harder to get our kids to learn (though it isn’t any less important.)
“Whether a child is in a bathtub or at a backyard barbeque, whenever a body of water is present, the risk of drowning exists….It is important that adults are aware of the risk factors, and educate both themselves and their children about water safety not only on National Learn to Swim DAy, but throughout the year as well.” – Mario Vittone, former Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and water safety expert
Ways to participate in National Learn to Swim Day this year:
- Sign your children up for summer swim lessons
- Go out and buy a swim aid (SwimWays makes really great ones and you can find a $5 off coupon on their site!)
- Have a conversation as a family about the importance of learning to swim and make a commitment to do so this summer
- Go swimming as a family! Don’t have a public pool nearby? Break out the kiddie pool or just fill up the bathtub and splash around. Getting kids used to water is the first step in learning how to swim.
- Have kids that are already great swimmers? Print out this certificate provided by SwimWays and present it to them while you emphasize how proud you are for the progress they have made and encourage further learning.
- Download and print out these coloring sheets for kids.
Swim Ways has a great site dedicated to helping families learn how to swim (and to teach swimming) over at www.teachmetoswim.com
Will be participating by hitting up the local hot spring (I know how that must sound, but it is the shallowest pool around here within 80 miles!) and doing some family splashing. We will also be discussing with the kids why we want them to learn to swim (whether that sinks in or not right now) and the possible dangers of the fast-moving Gardner River that is so close to home.
Are YOU on board? How do you make sure your kids know how to swim?? And how young do you think is appropriate to start?
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