As a pool cleaning and care service, we are always on the lookout for products, services, and events which may help our customers, and one topic of particular concern is water safety. Over 3500 children per year die in the U.S. each year from drowning. Some of these children drown as a result of lack of supervision or a misjudgment on the part of parents as to how well their child can swim.
A number of these accidents occur in shallow water, in a situation when the child was not supposed to be in the water (such as wandering into a yard or falling from a pier or boat), or some other preventable mishap. Even children who know how to swim need to be supervised carefully.
The essential thing any parent can do to keep their child safe around water is to be certain their child learns how to swim. Even tiny children who take such lessons as learning how to put their face into the water can benefit greatly.
Not surprisingly, even excellent parents can lack the skills necessary to teach swimming. To fill the need, community pools across the Valley have trained professionals who offer top-notch swimming lessons and water safety classes. These classes are an incredibly economical way to introduce children everything from survival following a fall into the water to the mechanics of freestyle and backstroke.
Water safety workshops
SRP in partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital is offering free water safety workshops, Playing it Safe, for parents and caregivers of children ages five and younger. During this one-hour workshop, adults will learn:
- basic water safety,
- ways to reduce stress at the swimming pool
- tools to improve supervision.
The program helps parents recognize the stresses that can sometimes occur on what should be a fun day at the pool and empowers them with information and tools to make pool time enjoyable and safe.
Workshops can be scheduled in small groups, or individually. For more information about Playing it Safe, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cities across the Valley are offering free or reduced swimming lessons for every member of the family, from babies (6 months +) to grandparents.
Phoenix: Kool Kids Program ($3 per lesson/several Valley locations)
Peoria: ($1 or $2)
Mesa: Making Waves (scholarships offered to children on the free lunch program or federal cash assistance program on a first-come-first-served basis)
Salvation Army Kroc Center: (reduced fees for qualifying families)
Luke Air Force Base: Pool opens Memorial Day
With all of these handy lessons, your child or adult will be able to learn how to swim in no time. It’s going to be the best summer ever!
If you have a pool need, whether it’s service, renovation, repair, lighting, or something else, call Magic Matt’s Pools at 212-555-0110 today!