With the beginning of May, we start thinking of summer. With the warmer weather, we plan for summer vacation, summer camps and we open backyard pools. With the warmer weather, we go to lakes and rivers and we swim. Unfortunately, with the warmer weather there is also an increase in drowning tragedies across our nation. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between ages 1-4. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), 10 drowning deaths per day occur in the USA. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. Most of those drownings occur in home swimming pools.
The warmer weather is lovely. The increase in drowning is tragic. BUT drowning is preventable. The way to prevent the preventable is to use all the layers of protection and make swimming S-A-F-E-R.
S – Swim lessons are associated with as much as an 88% reduction in drowning. Swim lessons teach water survival to young children by having children learn how to roll over and float. Older children learn to swim so they can meet Red Cross water competency standards.
A – Adult supervision is the most important layer. It’s important to use touch supervision with beginning swimmers and non-swimmers. Designate a Water Watcher at pool parties and with groups. Learn the signs of drowning.
F – Fences on all 4 sides with self-closing and self-latching gates can reduce drowning by 50%. Prevent access to water with fences, alarms, pool and spa covers and by emptying buckets, inflatable pools and other sources of water.
E – Emergency responsiveness. Learn CPR including infant and child CPR.
R – Regulation Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Devices (life vests) with correct fit. Always wear PFD’s when boating. Inflatable floaties do not provide protection.
Also – Rules. Know how to be safe in and around a pool and when diving and when swimming in rivers and lakes. Make sure babysitters and caregivers know the layers of protection.
We at British Swim School are committed to doing all we can to prevent the tragedy of drowning. Teaching children water survival and water competency is one of the key layers of protection. Learning to swim is also fun and provides wonderful exercise. Let’s all change the statistics. Let’s make swimming SAFER.
British Swim School St. Louis offers premium water survival and swimming lessons for infants, toddlers, children and adults, starting at just 3 months old. We proudly serve the St. Louis communities of Afton, Ballwin, Brentwood, Chesterfield, Clayton, Concord, Crestwood, Creve Coeur, Dardenne Prairie, Eureka, Fenton, High Ridge, Howell Island, Kirkwood, Ladue, Lake St. Louis, Manchester, Maplewood, Maryland Heights, New Town, Olivette, Overland, Richmond Heights, St. Charles, Orchard Farm, St. Paul, St. Peters, Sunset Hills, Town and Country, Valley Park, Webster Groves, Weldon Springs, and Wildwood. Call 314-312-1878 to enroll or find a class online.