Goldfish Swim School Safety Day
Goldfish Swim School Safety Day – On May 19, 2018, join Goldfish Swim School for Water Safety Day from 2 – 4 PM. It’s a free family event!
Join us for Water Safety Day that will include water safety education, safety presentations from local fire and police departments (including car seat and helmet checks), and other important safety information. We’ll also have an open swim, snacks, games and opportunities to take photos with our mascot, Bubbles! This event is FREE to the public and open to the public! Reservations are required for open swim, so please call at 407-614-6363 to reserve your spot.
Photos with Bubbles
Open Family Swim
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Water Safety Info Every Family Needs to Know
The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School Winter Park share practical tips and skills
May is National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month. When it comes to drowning, the statistics are pretty staggering. According to figures released by the USA Swimming Foundation, Florida again led the nation as the state with the most child drownings in 2017. Nationwide, there were 269 media reported fatal drownings in 2017 for children under age 15 in a swimming pool or spa, according to the foundation’s report. Eighty percent of those kids were under age five.
Drowning is the leading cause of injury death for children ages one to four — and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, statistics show that thousands of children are hospitalized each year for nonfatal drowning incidents. Accidents can happen quickly. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds.
Every parent and caregiver needs to keep the following water safety tips in mind:
~ Any time kids are around water, designate a “water watcher” who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching children EVERY SINGLE SECOND. After all, most children who drown are supervised.
~ The American Red Cross says that the number one thing that parents can do to keep kids safer in and around water is to enroll them in swim lessons. Swimming is an essential life-saving skill with numerous physical, mental and intellectual benefits.
~ Get swim lessons for yourself or any other caregiver who cannot swim or is afraid of water.
~ Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not life-saving devices. Life jackets should be designated as U.S. Coast Guard-approved.
~ Know that even the most seasoned swimmers can still encounter trouble. Make sure swimmers don’t overestimate their skills and that they understand the importance of never swimming alone.
In addition to these tips, there are several basic skills that the water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School work on with students every week. Parents can practice these skills with their kids anytime they are in the water together:
~ Work on getting in and out of the pool safely. Fin, Fin, Belly, Flipper! Help your little ones learn how to get out of the pool by manipulating their bodies in this order: elbow, elbow, tummy, knee. Practice this often; you can even do this on your living room floor by having your baby climb onto a couch or chair! After you practice, always remember to celebrate. Eventually, your little one will be strong enough to manage the movement on his own! This is a skill that kids continue to use to safely exit the pool — even when they are older!
~ Jump, Turn, Swim to the Wall! Once they have the movement down, let your child jump off the side of the pool to you, help them physically turn back to the wall and then assist them in getting out of the pool by using the Fin, Fin, Belly, Flipper method. Do this over and over again. As they get more confident, let them go under the water and come to the surface on their own. This teaches kids to automatically turn back to the wall behind them to climb out. If a child were to fall into a pool, this skill could help them find the quickest way to safety.
~ Sea Otter Float. Work with your child on turning over and getting their faces out of the water to take a breath when he/she fatigues.
Join us on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. for our Safety Day event. Highlights include free family swim, safety demonstrations, snacks, games and more. Reservations are required. Please visit our website for more details.
Goldfish Swim School Winter Park provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student-teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Classes are offered in a safe, child-friendly and fun environment using their research-based philosophy called The Science of SwimPlay®. Visit the website for more information.
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