Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Join SwimWays for National Learn to Swim Day on May 19th

While my children are looking forward to all of their usual fun aspects of summer (outdoor play, T-ball classes, summer camp, etc), there is a special excitement in the air when it comes to swimming.

Thanks to the swim lessons that both girls have been taking for the past few months, they are much more comfortable and confident in the water — something that makes all of us extremely happy. I love seeing them kick and splash and laugh in the pool, all the while knowing that they are learning life-saving skills for now and far into the future.

Therefore, I was thrilled to hear that SwimWays, a leader in the pool and leisure marketplace, has designated that this Saturday, May 19th, is the first annual National Learn to Swim Day.

National Learn to Swim Day

Timed to coincide with National Water Safety Month (May) and the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, National Learn to Swim Day 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 American Red Cross, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14... a statistic that makes my heart race just seeing it. Along with it, the Red Cross has found that children ages 1 to 4 drown most often in home swimming pools and children were often out of sight less than 5 minutes and under the care of one or both parents at the time of many home pool drownings.

While being vigilant is always of the utmost importance,  the following tips and tools can also help to stress the importance of water safety for your family:
There are many ways to get involved in your own community on National Learn to Swim Day. This weekend would be a great time to introduce your children to the water with at-home swim instruction, host a group swimming lesson, visit a community pool as a family, enroll children in swim lessons at a local YMCA or Boys & Girls Club, and much more.

What will you do to take advantage of this special day?

No matter if your child is new to swimming or a pro, National Learn to Swim Day and SwimWays are a winning combination for everyone!

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For more information on the upcoming National Learn to Swim Day and SwimWays, head over to

As a member of the SwimWays Swim Steps Ambassador Program, I am receiving product and information from SwimWays. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed are honest and my own.