by Tosi Ufodike
on July 11, 2012
Hi It’s Tosi here,
When I first took my youngest daughter to the pool to play in the water, she smiled with joy. She was bold and fearless. As she splashed around in the pool, she laughed and said…Mommy, I want to swim like a fish. I was thrilled. I secretly thought to myself…yes, one day she will swim in the Olympics. Although, she may never swim in the Olympics, she is currently four years old and still loves to swim and play in the water. Both my girls have been enrolled all summer at this great place called Aqua-Tots Swim School. The class size is small (four children or less in each class). This enables each swim instructor to really understand each child’s individual abilities. They also focus on ensuring each child knows how to survive in the water.
I firmly believe all children should learn how to swim. The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges parents to enroll their children in swimming lessons between the ages of one and four. Swimming is one of the best exercises for parents and children. It is a life skill. Everytime I read or hear of a child who drowned in the water, I wonder to myself, did the child know how to swim? where they exposed to water? did they know basic water safety survival techniques?
Did you know that drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to nineteen, according to the AAP report. As a Mom, I find that terrifying. Even though swimming is great sport to master, it does not 100% guarantee drowning survival. However, taking swim lessons and being comfortable in the water, increases the child’s chances of survival if a water accident occurs. During the hot summer months, swimming is the best activity that the entire family can engage in. Be safe and enjoy the water.
Here are some of my water friendly tips:
- If you have a pool, make sure it is fenced in…you don’t want animals or other children falling in.
- When children go to their neighborhood pool, they should always be accompanied by an adult.
- Encourage your children to like water, enroll them in swim classes as soon as they turn one.
- Learn CPR.
- Purchase the proper swim gear. Learn more from the AAP.
- Parents who don’t swim should take basic lessons, you never know when you may have to save your child.
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