We’re pleased to bring you this important post on water safety for kids from our new sponsors at the British Swim School of Seattle. Their Burien based program offers unique swim programs for infants as young as three months and older children. If you’re one of my South King County area readers be sure to check them out!
Now that you and your kids are thinking spring with the slight rise in temps, I wanted to take a minute to talk about water safety and why now might be the best time to think about enrolling your little ones in swim lessons.
It’s been proven that formal swim lessons help reduce the risk of droving by 88 percent within the one to four year old age group. By getting your child into the water in the spring, they have the time to master water survival skills by the time summer months roll around. Whether you’re planning a spring break vacation or have a pool at your home, being knowledgeable about water safety is important for kids of all ages.
To help keep our kiddos safe, British Swim School of Seattle, the pioneer of a non-traditional infant water safety program that provides gentle and fun teaching methods to children as young as three months old, provided some tips for winter water safety:
- Pool Supervision: Whenever there are children near a body of water, whether it’s a beach on the Spring Break vacation or an uncovered backyard pool, an adult should always have eyes on the water. British Swim School recommends assigning a Water Watcher. Not unlike a designated driver, the Water Watcher is responsible for the safety of everyone. To help with this, they recommend utilizing a Water Watchers Card that can be passed on to another person. Whoever is holding the card is in charge of having both eyes on the kids in the water at all times.
- Unfamiliar Territory: Visiting your relative’s homes with children can be a struggle. Not every house is kiddo friendly, so it is important to scope out what might be hazardous right away. If the home has a pool or nearby pond, make sure all gates and doors are locked to the outside and routinely check up on the little ones.
- Take Clothing Precautions: The only thing more terrifying for a child than falling into cold water, is falling in with their clothes on. This kind of rare sensation can send your little guys into panic mode. The best way to prepare for this kind of accident is to participate in Clothing Days with British Swim School, where children are asked to get in the water with clothes on to understand how it feels to be in water with soaked clothing.
- Swimming Lessons Save the Day: Enrolling in swimming lessons is a key factor when it comes to keeping your kids safe in the water. Formal swimming lessons, like the ones offered at British Swim School, can substantially reduce the risk of drowning.
British Swim School of Seattle is located inside Highline Athletic Club at 125 S. 156th Street in
Burien, WA. To sign up for lessons or learn more about the program, please call 425-318-7390 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you mention reading this post, British Swim School of Seattle will give you three bonus classes after signing up for two months. Must be currently enrolled at the time of use.
Also, all guests are invited to attend “Splash in the Spring” with British Swim School at Highline Athletic Club on March 19. The following will be offered:
- Family swim from 12-1:30
- Watch swim lessons from 9-12
- Special promotions at the club
- Free admission for guests all day