Week 8: Ideas and Activities to Keep Your Swim Skills Sharp

Week 8: Ideas and Activities to Keep Your Swim Skills Sharp

We've loved the photos and videos we've seen from you, showing how you've been practicing your swim skills at home. Keep it up, and keep sharing!

For this edition, we're taking it easy on our parents by sharing a few fun videos of British Swim School students giving water safety tips. You may have seen these posted on social media - we think they're re-watchable if you've viewed them already. Watch with your child, share with your friends, and post to your social pages...the more people who see these tips, the better! Click on each image below to watch the tips, and put them into practice at home!

Then, scroll down to watch a fun video from British Swim School owners across the U.S. and Canada to tell our swimmers how much we miss them!

Never Swim Alone

Young girl wearing a British Swim School rash guard and swim ring

Swimming alone is dangerous. No matter how advanced a students’ skills may be, they should always swim with a lifeguard or Water Watcher present. Even strong swimmers can encounter dangers in the water!

(Courtesy: British Swim School of Detroit)

Don't Play with Pool Drains or Pool Suctions

Young girl wearing a British Swim School rash guard and swim ring

Never play near pool drains or suctions! These can pose a serious danger to young children who are too small to break away.

(Courtesy: British Swim School of Detroit)

Remove Toys When You're Done in the Pool

Young girl holding a pool toy

Pool toys are designed for pure fun – whether swimming fins for little mermaids, massive beach balls or water rockets! Regardless of the type, always remove toys and floats from the water when you’re done using them. When left in the pool, toys can attract children to the water and cause danger.

(Courtesy: British Swim School of Delaware Valley)

Never Leave Water in Buckets or Inflatable Pools

Young girl wearing a British Swim School swim cap

Inflatable pools and other refillable water sources are a great way for kids to cool down on hot summer days. Just be sure to drain the water after you’re finished! Contrary to popular belief, drowning can occur in just an inch or two of water.

(Courtesy: Capitol Momma, in partnership with British Swim School of Northern Virginia & Central Maryland)

Never Play Breath Holding Games

Young girl wearing a rainbow colored swimsuit

While we love playing games in the pool, breath holding games can be dangerous and should be avoided. If a water incident were to occur, drowning can occur much more quickly when children are already deprived of oxygen from breath holding games.

(Courtesy: Adventure Moms DC, in partnership with British Swim School of Northern Virginia & Central Maryland)

Don't Jump in the Water to Save a Friend: "Throw, Don't Go!"

Three young girls wearing British Swim School swim caps

You could put yourself in a dangerous situation if you enter the water to try to rescue someone. When helping someone in the water it is always best to throw them something to hold onto - don't go in!

(Courtesy: Adventure Moms DC, in partnership with British Swim School of Northern Virginia & Central Maryland)

Floaties Don't Replace Life Vests

Introductory card for YouTube video

Arm floaties are not a replacement for a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest and can give children and parents a false sense of security. If your child needs assistance in the water, find a fun (but approved) life vest they’ll love!

(Courtesy: Adventure Moms DC, in partnership with British Swim School of Northern Virginia & Central Maryland)

Always Follow the Pool Rules

Young boy wearing a British Swim School swim cap

Pool rules are an important layer of water safety, and both parents and children should be with the rules at each swim location. Cool kids follow pool rules!

(Courtesy: British Swim School of Coral Springs)

Always Jump in with Your Feet First

Young boy wearing a British Swim School swim cap

Diving, especially into a shallow pool, brings the risk of injury. Always jump in with your feet first to protect the face, head, neck and spine.

(Courtesy: British Swim School of Coral Springs)

We Miss Our Swimmers!

British Swim School instructors from across the U.S. and Canada

We can't wait to see everyone back at the pool!

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