SwimWays - National Learn To Swim Day

I live in the south east and we spend most of our summer days around a pool or at the lake. One of my biggest fears is having my children fall into the water if I'm not around. May is actually National Water Safety Month and May 19th is National Learn to Swim Day. SwimWays has provided me with more information in 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. They sent us a pack of swim products for each of my children depending on their Swim Step.

SwimWays’ Swim Steps program is a three-step approach that features swim-training aids specially designed to help parents teach kids to swim at home. We actually used their products last summer and Evan has successfully learned how to swim. Isabella is a little more cautious in the water and is still on Step 2. I hope to teach her how to swim this summer so that if she were to ever fall in, she could get to the side.

These facts make me want to start teaching her to swim as soon as possible:
  • 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. 
SwimWays will kick off the first annual National Learn to Swim Day with an event at the Greenbrier Family YMCA in Chesapeake, VA from 1-3 p.m. The event will be the grand opening of the YMCA’s outdoor pool for the summer, open to members and non-members, and feature a water safety clinic for local families.

Ideas for participating in National Swim Day include introducing children to the water with at home swim instruction, hosting a group swimming lesson, visiting a community pool as a family, or enrolling children in swim lessons at a local YMCA or Boys & Girls Club. It is never too early to introduce children to the water.  Even at 2 months old, Kallie Jane has been out on our boat and had her toes stuck in the water.

Additional resources, including information about pool safety, tips and products for teaching children to swim, and downloadable reward and progress charts for kids, are available on SwimWays’ newly re-designed TeachMeToSwim.com website.
This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to the company and/or pr agency who supplied the products mentioned above.

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Danielle Meek said...

I had no idea there was a National learn to swim day! Thanks for sharing :)

Melissa + Tiffany @ Home Grown Families said...

I NEED to get on this!! My 8 year olds still don't know how to swim! Granted, they have issues that held them back but I really need to make sure they learn this summer!

DeDa Studios said...

This is such a great post! Teaching your children to swim is so important. We live on a lake and taught our children to swim before they were one. Pinned your post! Thanks for sharing!

Deanna - Mommygaga said...

I love this! I hope to complete teaching my 5 year old to swim this summer and get my one year old started!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I don't think my guy will learn to swim by then, but he is taking lessons this summer. I have my finger crossed that he will let go of the wall this year.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

Great post! Learning to swim is so important! We started both kids at 6 months. It is essential especially in the summer months!


this is fantastic. I didn't know there was a national swim day! We started teaching our kids to swim and then we moved. The nearest swimming center that teaches affordable lessons is a good 2 hr drive from our home. It's just not logical for us, which makes me sad. Our boys were finally learning to swim and we had to move. I worry about my kids not knowing how to swim, I would love to try the Step program at home!

Autumn Beck said...

Your baby is a doll!!

TerriAnn @ Cookies and Clogs said...

Love that you are starting to teach your kids about water safety at such a young age. Swim Way has such a great collection of products and it's nice to see that each of your children, despite their difference in age and skill, can each use something to help keep them safe in the water.

Hillary said...

I have a 2 year old and I was wondering when the "appropriate" time to start teaching her would be. We're just now getting to communicate more clearly (with words) and I'm not sure she would completely understand the concept yet... Thoughts?

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