Memorial Day is just around the corner and this is the most popular weekend for families to get out camping and go swimming in ponds or their newly opened pool. Our family loves spending time in the pool over in Vermont, at what I call our “family farm”, it’s where my Dad lives.
National Learn to Swim day is just coming prior to Memorial Day; on May 19th SwimWays will be gearing up 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. With Memorial Day being the unofficial start to Summer, Swimways wants to make sure that children can be ready to swim and be safe in the pool or other favorite swimming location this year.
May is the official National Water Safety month which is why SwimWays feels that May 19th is a great day to encourage more water safety with children prior to the unofficial start of Summer; Memorial Day. You see the Red Cross states that;
- Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years old.
- Statistics show that children ages 1 to 4 drown most often in home swimming pools.
- 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.
These statistics scare me but in all honesty they are true. I know all too well, through a long ago experience with my little sister, that a child can go under water in a matter of mere seconds. If your child does not know how to swim or does not have the proper floating devices on, then they could potentially drown. This is why I am usually in the pool with my children at all times, usually within an arms reach or I am right next to the pool. I also make sure that my children have some form of floating device on or in use by them.
I don’t even leave my kids for a moment to go pee, I always have another family member right there keeping two eyes on them for it’s only a matter of seconds for one of my children to get overly confident or slip and go under. If you are like me and want to make sure that your kids are water safe, then try to read some of these articles that can assist you in learning more about being water safe:
- Home Pool Safety Tips
- Swimming in Lakes, Rivers and Streams Safety Tips
- Water Safety in the Home Tips
Do not forget, if you are in the Chesapeake, VA area then you should try to attend SwimWays event at the Greenbrier Family YMCA from 1-3pm on May 19, 2012.
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