Common Swimming Misconception #4: Do You Have The Facts?

At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we want to do more than teach your children to swim. We desire to educate communities worldwide about the importance of water safety and clarify any common swimming misconceptions that may exist. With that in mind, we offer you part four of our series addressing the common swimming misconceptions parents have around the water, according to a study done by Safe Kids Worldwide.

Read Common Misconception #1, #2 and #3 here.

The Facts:

  • Nearly 800 children drown in the U.S. annually, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
  • Drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional death among children ages 1-4, and the #2 cause for children up to 14, according to the CDC.

Misconception 4: If my child has had swim lessons, I don’t have to worry about him or her drowning.

In fact, “60 percent of parents surveyed would not worry as much about drowning if their child had swim lessons, yet 47 percent of children ages 10-17 who drowned in pools were able to swim,” according to Safe Kids Worldwide. However, being “able to swim” and having the proper swimming skill development necessary for safety are two different things, leaving many parents with a false sense of security.

Unfortunately, those parents may overestimate their child’s swimming ability. The study goes on to explain, “Research looking at how well parents can judge their child’s actual swimming skills suggests that only the highest level of reported swimming skill is related to actual observed swimming ability. If this assumption holds for parents in our survey, the majority may believe their child is able to swim better than he or she truly can.”

It is extremely important to understand that not all swim lessons are created equally. Content and length of lessons can vary greatly from program to program, ranging from daily lessons at a one-week summer camp to weekly lessons at a year-round swim school. Completion of any program, in its entirety, is vital. Effective swim curriculum is created to build one skill upon another, and the more comprehensive the program, the more knowledgeable your children will be in and around the water.

At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we desire that all parents, grandparents and caregivers experience peace of mind when children are exposed to water, and we understand that every child’s ability, readiness to learn and the time it takes them to master each swimming skill varies. That is why our curriculum, 27+ years in the making, is based on 8 levels of swimming mastery, designed to help children progress through each skill individually. With over five million swim lessons taught annually worldwide, we are here to ensure that your children are safe in and around the water for a lifetime.

Enroll your child in swim lessons today!