One day at the pool, a woman told me how she didn't have her kids in swimming lessons since we didn't live near the ocean. Her children were all over the age of ten. I kind of found that funny since she was telling me this at the swimming pool...but anyway, as a child, I never took swimming lessons and it is definitely something I wish was different in my childhood. Even if you don't live by the ocean or on a lake, your child will encounter water throughout childhood, and you never know what is in your child's future as an adult. I personally view learning to swim as an important safety step in life.
Here is some information on national learn to swim day:
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – May 13, 2013 – Swimways Corp., a leader in the recreational water products Swim Steps™ program that helps kids learn to swim, announced today the campaign for its second annual ‘National Learn to Swim Day,’ taking place on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety, National Learn to Swim Day is an opportunity for families to learn about the importance and benefits of learning to swim before Memorial Day .
On May 18, Swimways encourages families nationwide to participate in National Learn to Swim Day in their own way, whether that means enrolling children in local swimming instruction, hosting a group swimming lesson, or discovering the tools that Swimways provides families, including its Swim Steps learnto-swim program and online water safety resources available on Swimways’ dedicated Swim Steps website
“Swimming is an activity that people all over the world enjoy come summertime,” said Monica Jones,
marketing director, Swimways. “In order to take part in all the fun the water can offer, children must be taught at an early age the fundamentals of swimming. This year we’re excited to partner with water safety expert Mario Vittone, to highlight the fundamentals of swimming and bring important swimming and water safety
Mario Vittone, former Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and water safety expert, will work closely with Swimways to provide free swimming safety resources to families. Vittone will give expert advice on topics and challenges related to teaching children to swim on www.TeachMeToSwim.com throughout the
summer. In addition to the expert advice, families will be able to download an event guide, poster, coloring sheets and accomplishment certificates on the dedicated site.
“Whether a child is in a bathtub or at a backyard barbeque, whenever a body of water is present, the risk of drowning exists,” said Vittone. “It is important that adults are aware of the risk factors, and educate both themselves and their children about water safety not only on National Learn to Swim Day, but throughout the year as well.” SwimWays’ Swim Steps program is a three-step program that features colorful swim-training aids specially designed to help parents teach kids to swim at home. The first step of the program is designed to introduce and comfortably support babies in the water; step two products give children the ability and freedom to explore as they develop confidence and learn to balance and paddle (two important pre-swimming skills); and step three products provide graduated support, helping kids to feel empowered and confident as they strengthen and perfect their swimming skills. Families can learn more about National Learn to Swim Day and Swim Steps by visiting www.Swimways.com and www.TeachMeToSwim.com.