National Learn to Swim Day

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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.

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 .Here is some information on national learn to swim 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 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 and


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Angelica
    May 16, 2013 / 4:15 AM

    Swimming is very important to me/for my kids – a lot of people think I'm crazy but my kids have taken swim lessons from a very young age (DS 15 months DD 9 months) and will continue to take weekly lessons (DD goes twice a week until she is 3) until the age of 5. After that we will see what happens. My kids have been swimming alone from the age of 2 and we don't have a pool or live close to the ocean. Although my sister and parents have pools and my parents live on a river. Learning to swim can save a life – no other sport does that. Sorry – my 2 cents 🙂

  2. Valerie Plowman
    May 16, 2013 / 5:51 PM

    I definitely agree Angelica!

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