INFO EVERY FAMILY NEEDS TO KNOW By Meg Kevane, Owner of Goldfish Swim School Mount Laurel
ater safety is a topic that impacts all families. Every adult who supervises children needs to know basic information on how to keep kids safe in and around water.
When it comes to drowning, the statistics are pretty staggering. Drowning is the leading cause of injury death to children ages one to four—and the second leading cause of injury death for children ages one to 14, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accidents can happen quickly. A child can drown in as little as one inch of water and in as little time as 20 seconds. Keep the following water safety tips in mind: • Any time kids are around water, designate a “water watcher” who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching swimming children EVERY SINGLE SECOND. After all, most children who drown are supervised. • The American Red Cross says that the number one thing that parents can do to keep kids safer around water is to enroll them in swim
lessons. Swimming is an essential life-saving skill with numerous physical, mental and intellectual benefits. • Get swim lessons for yourself or any other caregiver who cannot swim or is afraid of water. • Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not life-saving devices. Life jackets should be designated as U.S. Coast Guard-approved. • Know that even the most seasoned swimmers can still encounter trouble. Make sure swimmers don’t overestimate their skills and that they understand the importance of never swimming alone. About Goldfish Swim School Goldfish Swim School Mount Laurel provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a unique setting with highly trained instructors. For more information, please visit our website at www.goldfishswimschool.com.
One month of progress in just one week. Our Jump Start Clinics are a quick and easy way to get children swim ready or progressing toward their next swim level… all while learning how to be safer in and around the water.
WHAT? 5 CONSECUTIVE 30-MINUTE LESSONS, SAME TIME, SAME INSTRUCTOR, MONDAY – FRIDAY WHEN? WEEKLY, THIS SUMMER COST? $108/MEMBERS $133/NON-MEMBERS
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22 | June 2018
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