National Learn To Swim Day – May 19th
Saturday, May 19, 2012 is the first annual ‘National Learn to Swim Day.’ The nationwide campaign, timed to National Water Safety Month (May) and the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, is an effort to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim, and provide resources to parents for teaching their kids the important skill.
According to the Red Cross, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old. Additionally, statistics show that children ages 1 to 4 drown most often in home swimming pools.
“Unfortunately, there are many young children who can’t fully enjoy the water because they haven’t learned to swim,” said David Arias, president, SwimWays. “With Memorial Day – the unofficial start of summer – just around the corner, SwimWays created ‘National Learn to Swim Day’ as a way to encourage parents to take advantage of one of the many resources available to them to teach their children to swim.”
SwimWays will kick off the first annual National Learn to Swim Day with an event at the Greenbrier Family YMCA in Chesapeake, VA from 1-3 p.m. The event will be the grand opening of the YMCA’s outdoor pool for the summer, open to members and non-members, and feature a water safety clinic for local families.
SwimWays invites families across the country to participate in National Learn to Swim Day in their own way. Ideas for getting involved include introducing children to the water with at home swim instruction, hosting a group swimming lesson, visiting a community pool as a family, or enrolling children in swim lessons at a local YMCA or Boys & Girls Club. Additional resources, including information about pool safety, tips and products for teaching children to swim, and downloadable reward and progress charts for kids, are available on SwimWays’ newly re-designed TeachMeToSwim.com website.
My youngest is still in the process of learning how to swim and with SwimWays help I will be able to start her on her way and give me the peace of mind I need when she is around water.