May Begins with Water Survival Week | British Swim School

May Begins with Water Survival Week

May is National Water Safety Month. Plus, it’s survival week!

young swimmer preparing for british swim school survival week

Why teach kids to swim in their clothes for survival week?

In a word: safety. As we teach students water survival techniques, one important lesson is learning to navigate the water while fully clothed. After all, anyone who accidentally falls into a pool may not be dressed for it. Understanding the weight of their clothes underwater and how their body moves in them, brings a whole new level of appreciation and skill.

How you can prepare for survival week

  1. Wear a swimsuit under the child’s clothes.
  2. Bring an extra plastic bag to put wet clothes in after the lesson.
  3. Survival week is for all swimmers, but parents can participate, too!
  4. The heavier the clothing, the more the child will feel the weight of it. (Think jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters, sneakers or boots for maximum impact.)