Leprechauns. Four leaf clovers. The color green. St. Patrick’s Day comes with dreams of a wee bit o’ good luck (or at least hopes of avoiding a pinch). The happenstance success of luck, by its very nature, is entertaining to think about when picking up a penny from the ground or offering “good luck” to a friend. However, it takes more than wishing on stars, four-leaf clovers and magical, sparkly unicorns to keep children safe in and around the water. Preparation, goal setting and consistency are key.
As Abraham Lincoln said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Preparation, preparation, preparation! It leads to success! Children are exposed to water for the entirety of their lives, in every season and in many settings. From bathtubs and backyard pools, to lakes and oceans, teaching them how to effectively remain safe in and around the water is the best way to prepare them for a lifetime of water adventures.
Whether your children are experienced swimmers or brand new to swim lessons, helping them set goals in the water is another way for them feel a sense of accomplishment as they work their way from Level 1 to Level 8 in the proven Aqua-Tots program. Going over your child’s Aqua-Card before each lesson will help them see what skills they’ve mastered and which ones they are still working on at each lesson. And including them in the constructive conversation with their Swim Instructor at the end of each lesson will help them stay focused on how they can improve in the water.
We know that life gets busy and remaining consistent with year-round swim lessons can be challenging. But did you know that “consistency in formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages 1-4 years old,” according to Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine? Because drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death for children 1-4 years old, it’s imperative that caregivers remain consistent with swim lessons until children are equipped with the skills necessary for a lifetime of safety.
At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we teach over 5 million swim lessons annually worldwide. Our curriculum has been used for 28 years and is proven to prepare children with the skills they need to remain safe for a lifetime. We believe that swimming skills must be intentional, not left up to luck. However, you can wear as much green as you’d like to swim lessons. We promise not to pinch!