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Instructive Swimming Lessons Prevent Kids From Drowning

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On the news recently, there was a baby climbing up pool steps that were LOCKED down! There were no steps. He climbed up the back of the steps. The parents videoed it and were there to take him down after he made it to the top, but it was so easy for the baby (2 yr old) to climb up!  Instructive swimming lessons prevent kids from drowning, even at the age of 2.

They said that if the child had taken swimming lessons and knew how to swim, it wouldn’t have been a worse case scenario.  In my opinion no child should be alone where there is a pool. Anything can happen.

My granddaughter has been taking swimming lessons for 6 weeks now and although I am extremely happy that she is learning,  she loves the water and once she’s in the pool, she doesn’t want to come out.  😉 😆

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Instructive swimming lessons prevent kids from drowning

Did you know that drowning is the second-leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 14? The Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66 visited four cities nationwide during the 1st two weeks of June to raise awareness around the importance of learning how to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation kicked-off its 10th annual Make a Splash Tour.

Presented by Phillips 66 in Washington, D.C., by setting a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the World’s Largest Kickboard. This gigantic kickboard, which is 10 times the standard adult size board at 18 feet high by 11 feet wide, will serve as a larger-than-life petition for all Americans to urge Congress to add the question, “Do you know how to swim?” to the 2020 Census.
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The kickboard serves as reminder for parents to enroll their children in swim lessons.  A reminder for Congress to add this critical question to the 2020 Census. This will help gain an accurate count of a family’s ability to swim in the U.S.  All are encouraged to sign the petition by visiting http://bit.ly/swimfoundation.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), research has shown that formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of childhood drowning by 88 percent.

The Make a Splash Tour takes place throughout June and brings USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors, Olympic medalists and elite athletes to four cities across the country to educate children, parents, communities and civic leaders on the importance of learning to swim.

Alarming Drowning Statistics

  • Drowning claims the lives of approximately 3,500 people per year. Nearly 25 percent are children under the age of 14. The problem is particularly prevalent in ethnically diverse communities. The drowning rate is almost three times the national average (CDC).
  • Approximately 10 people drown every day in the U.S., according to the CDC.
  • African-American children drown at a rate nearly 5.5 times higher than their Caucasian peers, as reported by the CDC.
  • Drowning is a silent killer. Young children who drowned in pools, were last seen in the home. They had been out of sight less than five minutes. Were in the care of one or both parents at the time, according to the Present P. Child Drowning Study.

About the USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash Initiative

The USA Swimming Foundation’s Make a Splash initiative, is a national child-focused water safety campaign. The campaign  aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Through Make a Splash, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, over 6 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through the USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash Local Partner network comprised of more than 850 qualified lesson providers across the nation.

To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash.

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