Every once in a while companies reach out to see if I will share information about their business or help promote an event etc….I limit these posts and say ‘yes’ only when I am 100% behind the product or mission. If I can use this blog as a platform to help spread an important message to people that I truly care about (that’s you!) then it makes this whole thing worth it! Meg Kevane, owner of Goldfish Swim School Fort Washington and Goldfish Swim School Mount Laurel (opening June 206) has some crucial information about water safety that you NEED to read before heading into summer. When I became a mom, I stopped seeing pools as a fun, happy, splashy haven and started viewing them as death traps (yes, a scary reality). Seeing little kids around pools terrifies me because tragedy can happen in a matter of seconds and none of us are invincible. I am passionate about helping spread awareness for water safety. Please read the post below, written by Meg, and share it with a friend or family member who needs to hear it too.
The month of May marks the start of summer activities for Philadelphia-area families! Hooray for summer! May is also recognized as Drowning Awareness and Prevention Month. This is a time to ensure that every family is educated when it comes to water safety as we prepare for beach and pool season. So, what do parents really need to know when it comes to water safety? What can we do to make sure that our kids are safe anytime they are around water? How do we have fun in the water while also ensuring that everyone plays it safe? As a mom of three and the owner of Goldfish Swim School Fort Washington and Goldfish Swim School Mount Laurel, the topic of water safety is something that I take seriously.
When it comes to drowning, the statistics are pretty staggering. Drowning 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.
What’s more, statistics show that thousands of children are hospitalized each year for nonfatal drowning incidents, with a significant number sustaining lifelong, profound, permanent brain damage. Also, a child can drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds.
Here are some practical water safety tips that all parents and caregivers need to know:
● 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 safe 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 over-estimate their skills and that they understand the importance of staying hydrated at all times.
Regardless of skill level, here are some MANDATORY water safety skills that all parents and adults must be familiar with:
● Climbing out of the pool safely: Elbow, elbow, tummy, knees!
● Holding on to the wall and walking their hands along the wall to safety: the steps or ladder.
● Rolling over from a front float to a back float.
● Jumping off the side of the pool, swimming to the parent, turning themselves around and swimming back to the wall. Teaching to get back to the side of the pool quickly is an essential safety skill.
Now is the time to prepare for a safer summer. Enroll your little swimmer in a weekly lesson to practice these skills or join us for a family swim to work on these basic water safety skills with your family!
Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. For more information or to register for lessons, please visit fortwashington.goldfishswimschool.com.
And sidenote: This swim school is amazing and the facility is world class. My littlest guy is currently enrolled and I am thoroughly impressed.
(And I think he is pretty impressed with himself too!)
Want more information on water safety?
Join us for a Facebook Chat with local experts who can help ensure that Philadelphia-area families have a safe AND fun summer! Learn tips from safety experts in a variety of areas and other REAL parents willing to share tips on how they keep their families safe as they enjoy summer fun! Submit your questions in advance for our expert panel or jump into the conversation on Facebook the night of the chat! Share your questions on the Facebook Events Page on Philadelphia Family and then join us on Facebook during the chat for the discussion. Not only will you leave the chat with great information, but all participants are also eligible to win great prizes from our partners just for participating!
When: May 9, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. EST – CLICK HERE to RSVP to the event.
Huge thanks to Meg and the Goldfish Swim School in Fort Washington for sharing her expertise and helping all of us keep our kids safe this summer.