It’s Water Safety Week!
June 19th – 23rd
It’s day four of Water Safety Week! Welcome back! 🙂
Today is the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson! According to the official World’s Largest Swimming Lesson’s website (wlsl.org), The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™, created by the World Waterpark Association in 2010, is a GLOBAL public relations event supported by aquatic facilities, waterparks, pools, swim schools, YMCA’s, among others. The WLSL event serves as a platform to help the global aquatics industry work together to build awareness about the fundamental importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.
This will be the eighth year for the global event and it will take place at hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries on five continents over the course of 24 hours.
Even though Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark is not able to participate this year (we don’t open until this November), we wanted to do whatever we could to promote this wonderful event, as well as bring some safety and awareness to ways to be safe in and around water by using statistics from the experts and professionals within the recreational and aquatic fields.
Why is it important to learn how to swim?
According to the World Health Organization, drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide. So many children and adults lack basic swimming skills, and American Red Cross found that more than half of all Americans either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills. Also, according to SafeKids Worldwide 2016 report, despite the fact that lack of supervision plays a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.
Here are the top 5 benefits for learning how to swim:
- Water Safety – One of the most beneficial parts of swimming lessons is that it teaches your child how to stay safe in and around water.
- Strength and Coordination – You need to synchronize what your arms and legs are doing, along with coordinating your breathing and other body movements. Swimming helps with coordination and strength in and out-of-water situations.
- Confidence and Motivation – Swimming is a great way to teach your kids motivation and how to strive for more because they’ll see how much stronger they’re getting as they can swim farther across the pool.
- Health – Participating in a sport reduces the risk of childhood obesity, which is also linked to juvenile diabetes. Swimming is great because of the cardiovascular benefits that promote heart and lung health — and it’s an activity that can be done solo or on a team, any time of year!
- Fitness – Swimming uses every one of the body’s major muscle groups and is a fantastic aerobic activity to get your child’s heart pumping. Plus, it’s a low-impact activity that increases flexibility, while also improving balance and posture!
Swimming Safety Tips
There are several rules and tips that you and your children should discuss and go over before activities that involve swimming and water. Here are some of the most important rules to remember:
- Never swim alone.
- Walk, don’t run on pool decks and wet areas.
- Don’t dive in shallow water.
- No horseplay or rough-housing.
- Be aware of signage – Always read the safety rules and regulations when entering pools and attractions, and pay attention to signs that indicate no diving or the depth of the water.
So what now?
Whether you’re a child or an adult that needs to learn how to swim, please know that it’s a wonderful, important skill to have. Local recreation centers, natatoriums, waterparks, swimming centers, and even certain individuals teach private swimming lessons throughout the year – Go get your swim on!
See you tomorrow! 🙂