I didn’t learn how to swim until my Sophomore year in highschool and that is totally unacceptable. There could have been so many times throughout my life where I could have been in danger and not knowing how to swim could have led to me being overwhelmed by the waters.
Learning how to swim is very important to Greg and I and we will be introducing Jayden to swimming this year with the help of an instructor. I’ve also teamed up with SwimWays to share our journey and to promote water safety as a Swim Steps Swim Team member.
National Learn to Swim Day is Saturday, May 19. 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.
There are many ways for children and parents to get involved on National Learn to Swim Day such as hosting a group swimming lesson, visiting a community pool as a family, or enrolling children in swim lessons at the local YMCA or Boys & Girls Club. For more information on National Learn to Swim Day and SwimWays, be sure to visit TeachMetoSwim.com.
Alarming Facts About Drowning
- According to the Red Cross, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old.
- Statistics show that children ages 1 to 4 drown most often in home swimming pools.
- 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.
Water Safety Tips From The Red Cross
- Home Pool Safety Tips
- Swimming in Lakes, Rivers and Streams Safety Tips
- Water Safety in the Home Tips
Jayden, July 2009 in his SwimWays
Enjoy this day, and be safe!