Teaching your child how to swim is an important activity that I encourage most parents to get done as soon as possible. Did you know that drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children? It's shocking, isn't it? Something that I believe can definitely be prevented if we as parents take the necessary precautions at all times.
The most surprising thing as well is that it occurs most frequently at a pool or beach where one adult was supposedly watching the child but may have become distracted by a phone or conversations etc.
Drowning occurs quickly in split seconds so being aware of your child's whereabouts is often so crucial to their safety.
According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) & National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA), formal swimming lessons are associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning for children ages 1 -4.
Swimming lessons, therefore, is a great way to teach your kids how to stay safe while being around water.
So here are the benefits of formal swimming lessons for kids so that they can stay safe around any body of water.
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“Teaching your child to swim helps to prevent water related accidents which is one of the leading cause of death in children.”
WATER SAFETY Making sure your child is safe around any form of water is key. Water safety does not only involve swimming pools or at the beach. A bathtub, jacuzzi, hot tubs, buckets of water, or even kid's play pools are just as dangerous for kids.
As parents, we have to be alert and ensure that our kids are safe at all times. I suggest if both parents are involved, then one person should be placed to supervise a child at a time (designated water watcher). That way the other parent is aware that one parent is watching.
In my household, my husband and I will assign one of us to be the parent watching one child at a time especially at the pool or beach.
A swimming instructor also advised us of using whistles that you can place like a band around your hand. The parent who is responsible for watching the kids will wear that band. He or she will be watching 100% and will not be distracted by phones or anything, and can alert the other person if there is a potential danger.
This is a great strategy to use especially at pool parties or at the beach.
BEING COMFORTABLE IN WATER
Teaching your child how to be comfortable in the water is actually essential when it comes to learning how to swim.
The more comfortable that they are in the water, the better they are able to maneuver out of dangerous situations without being fearful.