May Begins with Water Survival Week
May is National Water Safety Month. Plus, it’s 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
- Wear a swimsuit under the child’s clothes.
- Bring an extra plastic bag to put wet clothes in after the lesson.
- Survival week is for all swimmers, but parents can participate, too!
- The heavier the clothing, the more the child will feel the weight of it. (Think jeans, sweatshirts, sweaters, sneakers or boots for maximum impact.)