National Learn to Swim Day (Saturday, May 19, 2012)

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

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

July 2009

Jayden, July 2009 in his SwimWays

Enjoy this day, and be safe!

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  • Stesha says:

    My husband learned to swim but I didn’t. It bothers me because I can’t take the kids to the pool without him, in fear that something could happen. This summer I’m signing up for classes. You’re never too old, right!

    Hugs and Mocha,

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    • Sheena says:

      I need to brush up on my skills, I swim crooked, lol. I know the feeling. I still think I’d want to have Greg at all times around the water. Have fun at class!

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  • Erika says:

    Sheena! Thank you SO much for sharing this – water safety is so important. Our kids are 5 and 6 and didn’t start lessons until they were 5 but I wish I had started them sooner. Education is key – keep it up! xo

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    • Sheena says:

      I wish we had introduced Jayden to swimming a little earlier. He’s always had this fear of water. As an infant, he did not like taking a bath and now he still hates water being in his face. We have to keep working with him though because he has got to learn!

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