Did you know that children are 8 times more likely to drown or experience submersion accidents in swimming pools if they do not know how to swim (Consumer Product Safety Commission)? One more step in helping to prevent swimming pool accidents is to ensure that the children (and adults) who will be using the swimming pool know how to swim.
Whether you and your children need to learn to swim from scratch or just need to strengthen your skills, now is the time to get started. Indoor pools are common at many local YMCAs, YWCAs, or community centers, and year round lessons are usually available to adults and children of all skill levels. Contact them today for schedule information.
Swim lessons are important for safety, but they are also great fun and provide access to one of the best forms of exercise. Parents and caregivers should keep in mind, though, that even if children are taking lessons and may be considered strong swimmers, they can still experience swimming pool accidents. Responsible adult supervision should always be available when kids are in the pool.