As a parent, my child’s safety is my first concern. I make sure the car-seat is installed correctly; I have covered every outlet in my house; put rugs on my hard floors; gated off the stairs; and child-proofed the cabinets. I, like most parents, try to think of every way he can hurt himself and then try to prevent it.
One danger most parents neglect to think of is water. Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under the age 14 in ten states and is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 15 nationally. This statistic is especially shocking because drowning is completely preventable. It is up to us, as parents, to make sure that our kids are water safe. It is just as important as using a car seat when driving.
I know that not everyone has access to pools or lakes or the ocean and it is so easy to think, “This will never happen to my child.” But it is nearly impossible to avoid water all together. One way or another every child will come in contact with water, whether at a friend’s house, on vacation, a backyard wading pool or the bathtub.
Arm floaties or a life vest won’t save a child that doesn’t know how to roll over and float. On average, children who drown are found after just 10 minutes. So what can we do to keep the children in our lives safe? There is one answer, enroll them in a survival swim class.
Survival swim lessons are taught to children as early as 6 months and as late as adulthood. Keri Tom, has developed Fin2Swim, a survival swim school that uses unique techniques not found anywhere else and produces results in weeks not years. The lessons are one-on-one, 4 days a week for 10 minutes a day for four to six weeks and then once or twice a week after that for maintenance.
Keri describes Fin2Swim as a,
“gentle method that allows each child to have the optimal lesson needed for each day, while keeping safety our highest priority. We teach these survival and swimming skills as a sensorimotor skill, meaning through the muscular system, just like learning to walk or ride a bike. This way, if a child ever accidentally falls in, he would be able to come up to the surface, get some oxygen, float, rest and breathe. From there they can use our swim-float-swim series to find their way back to a point of safety, the wall, steps, etc. “
Because of the intensity of the lessons and the new skills being learned, it is not unusual for a child to cry or protest at having to work. In the end however, it is well worth it to see your child succeed in floating and swimming on their own.
As Keri says,
“Being able to confidently swim opens up an entire world of possibilities for you and your family. With your child’s new found skills and techniques, their world opens up to surfing our beaches, snorkeling coral reefs, expansion into avenues such as water polo, diving, swimming as a low impact exercise and a lifetime of just plain fun!”
You can find a survival swim school near you at www.fin2swim.com or www.infantaquatics.com. Also, be sure to check out www.swimfoundation.org for financial assistance if needed.