On June 22nd, the World Waterpark Association will put on The World’s Largest Swim Lesson. This event was created in 2010 to raise awareness about water safety and drowning prevention. Aquatic facilities and swim lesson programs across the country will do their part to educate people of all ages on the importance of learning how to swim and staying safe in the water. While it is scary to think about, drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related, unintended death in children ages 1-14. Prevention in the form of swim lessons and learning about basic water safety at an early age can give kids the skills needed to stay safe around the water.
As an organization that values water safety as one of the most important parts of summer fun, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation is proud to announce that we will be a host site for this summer’s event! On Thursday, June 22nd at 3:00 p.m. our instructors will ask children and adults of any and all ability levels to join us in learning about swimming and water safety. We will work on basic swimming skills including floating, gliding and breath control as well as discuss important water safety topics. While one swim lesson is not enough to teach children everything they need to know, learning a few basic skills and safety tips could make a big difference for them in the future.
Taking part in the World’s Largest Swim Lesson will be a great way to educate and spread awareness about one of life’s most important skills, but this is only one of the many ways in which we strive to prioritize safety in and around the water. Our American Red Cross swim lesson program offers lessons for kids and adults of all ages and ability levels. Since one of the most important elements in learning to swim is consistency, we offer year-round classes to ensure that the members of our community always have a place for their kids to learn how to swim, no matter the season.
Because learning to be safe around water at a young age is so important, each of our swim lessons includes a short safety talk during each class. Children learn how to recognize and listen to the lifeguard and what to do if they need help. They learn life jacket safety including when to wear a life jacket, how to put a life jacket on correctly, and discuss important pool rules like no running and no jumping in without a grownup. One of the most important things kids learn is that they should never swim alone and there should always be a lifeguard or an adult supervising the pool where they are swimming – no matter what.
This summer, make water safety a priority for you and your family. Sign your kids up for one of our many summer swim lessons, join us for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, make sure to discuss water safety whenever you get a chance, and remember, Swimming Saves Lives! Let’s work together to make this the safest summer yet.