National Drowning Prevention Month is Here
Did You Know? “Drowning is the #1 cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 1-4 and the #2 cause for children up to 14.”– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we wake up each morning with one primary purpose: to save lives worldwide. We do that in our local schools, teaching children to swim as early as 4 months old. We do that through community outreach, educating people about how to remain safe in and around the water. We do that worldwide, offering the proven Aqua-Tots curriculum in 100 communities in 14 countries around the globe.
However, during National Drowning Prevention Month, we pause to acknowledge the reality of drowning and reflect on WHY we do what we do. After all, drowning is silent, and claims the lives of over 3,500 people every year in the United States alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Even one life lost is too many.
3 Ways You Can Save Lives, Too!
1. Swim Lessons
Did you know that according to Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, consistency in formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages 1-4 years old? Keeping your children enrolled in year-round swim lessons is more than a fun activity and far from your average sport. Swim lessons are a safety measure in line with car seats and a life skill in line with reading and writing. Learning how to roll over and float, how to find air, how to get to the edge and get out of the water are skills that save children’s lives on a daily basis, and we are proud to come alongside each family to give their children a lifetime of swimming skills.
Water safety comes with multiple layers of protection. From locks and barriers to certified life vests and CPR training, a vigilant caregiver is one who recognizes that water is all around us at all times. Constant supervision, however, plays one of the most significant roles in keeping children safe in and around the water. Children can drown in as little as 20 seconds in as little as 2 inches of water. Bathtubs and buckets, backyard pools and waterparks, lakes and oceans. Water is everywhere, and children are curious. We encourage you to avoid distractions (cell phones, books, magazines, chatting with friends, sun bathing) when children are in or around the water, and commit your focus to their safety. Plus, you can have a lot of fun splashing around with them in the process.
Awareness gives people the power to recognize things they wouldn’t know otherwise, and the importance of water safety is something that all people should know. Please share this message with friends and family who have children around the water. Your voice may be the one that reminds them of the realities of drowning and gives them the urgency to watch closer, to remain attentive, to be proactive. You can also come alongside our mission to save lives by sharing this blog and our other social posts throughout the month of May as we work to educate people on the realities of drowning and what they can do to remain safe in and around the water.