May is National Water Safety Awareness Month. Water safety is a topic that impacts all families, and every adult who supervises children should be equipped with basic information on how to keep kids safer in and around water. It only takes seconds for a child to slip under the water and can drown even with adults present, so before the summer arrives and your family heads to the water, be sure to invest in their safety skills.
The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Brookfield join us today to share practical tips and skills for families.
Drowning statistics are pretty staggering. It’s is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Statistics show that thousands of children are hospitalized each year for nonfatal drowning incidents. Accidents can happen quickly. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds.
The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Brookfield believe that every parent and caregiver needs to keep the following water safety tips in mind:
- Any time kids are around water, designate a “water watcher” who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching swimming children EVERY SINGLE SECOND. After all, most children who drown are supervised.
- The American Red Cross says that the number one thing that parents can do to keep kids safer around water is to enroll them in swim lessons. Swimming is an essential life-saving skill with numerous physical, mental and intellectual benefits.
- Get swim lessons for yourself or any other caregiver who cannot swim or is afraid of water.
- Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not life-saving devices. Life jackets should be designated as U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
- Know that even the most seasoned swimmers can still encounter trouble. Make sure swimmers don’t overestimate their skills and that they understand the importance of never swimming alone.
In addition to these tips, there are several basic skills that the instructors at Goldfish Swim School work on with students every week in lessons. Parents can practice these skills with their kids anytime they are in the water together:
- Work on getting in and out of the pool safely. Fin, Fin, Belly, Flipper! Help your little ones learn how to get out of the pool by manipulating their bodies in this order: elbow, elbow, tummy, knee. Practice this often – you can even do this on your living room floor by having your baby climb onto a couch or chair! After you practice, always remember to celebrate. Eventually, your little one will be strong enough to manage the movement on her own! This is a skill that kids continue to use to safely exit the pool — even when they are older!
- Jump, Turn, Swim to the Wall! Let your child jump off the side of the pool to you and help him turn around and swim back to the wall. Then, assist your child in getting out of the pool by using the in, fin, belly, flipper method. As your child becomes more confident, let her go under water, come to the surface on her own, and then turn around to swim back to the wall behind them. If a child were to fall into a pool, this skill is the quickest way to safety. Practice this often!
- Sea Otter Float. Work with your child on turning over and getting his face out of the water to take a breath when he/she fatigues.
We’d love to see your child in lessons this spring to work on essential swim and water safety skills and prepare for a safer summer 2018!
This summer, Goldfish Swim School in Brookfield is offering Jump Start Clinics which are like a mini-camp where kids can come for a 30-minute swim lessons for five consecutive days at the same time with the same instructor. They focus on everything from teaching the fundamentals of water safety to fine-tuning stroke technique.
- What: Five consecutive days of swimming at the same time with the same instructor
- When: Every week (Monday-Friday mornings) beginning June 11 through the week of August 18, *no jumpstarts will be held the week of July 2-6
- Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members, siblings receive a 7% discount when booking within the same week
- How to book: To sign up for any of the weekly sessions, please call 262-207-2800 or send an email to [email protected].
And on Sunday, May 20, Goldfish Swim School Brookfield from 2:30-5pm, is holding a free “Safety Day” in their facility. They’ll have open swim, refreshments and beverages, special safety-related activities for the kids, and a few special visitors!
About Goldfish Swim School
Goldfish Swim School Brookfield provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. In addition to swim lessons, Goldfish Swim School also offers weekly family swims (for both members and non-members) and birthday party packages. For more information, please visit our website.