Swimming Lessons could be the best investment for any family, now that Memorial Day is in the rear view mirror, and the long, hot days of summer are in full swing. The ability to swim can ensure both enjoyment and safety during the months where a splash in the waves or a dip in the pool is in order.
Whether you’re talking about the quiet and breezy shores of the ocean or the active and bustling deck of a pool, water is literally everywhere in the United States. It is estimated that there are more than 10 million pools situated in the backyards of homes across the United States, while nearly 310,000 community pools dot the country’s landscape from Anaheim, California to Zephyrhills, Florida. When you add in the Atlantic and Pacific Coastlines which combine for 68,971 miles of shoreline, then consider the more than 17,000 miles of Gulf Coast beaches, and finally calculate the innumerable miles of lakes, rivers and streams, it is safe to say that water surrounds every man, woman and child living in the United States.
With all the water around us, it is not surprising to realize that accidental drowning is the number two cause of death among children between the ages of 1 – 14 and the number five reasons behind adults perishing from an unintentional accident. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, and more importantly the inability to safely swim as the main culprit underlying these accidental deaths throughout the United States. Therefore, swimming lessons could be one of the best investments your family makes this summer.
In order to help curb this avoidable tragedy many experts encourage everyone to enroll in a swimming class to learn to swim, improve your existing swimming skills, or even refine your already perfected strokes this summer. Enrolling in a swimming class, experts explained, could be the most valuable investment any family could make this summer. However, according to Swim Professor, Carolyn Barratt, it is important to choose a good swim instructor before you enter the pool, lake or ocean for lessons.
“Because of the safety issues involved, making a good choice is absolutely critical,” explains Barratt.
She explained by following several basic steps, any family could ensure their family has a safe and pleasurable swimming experience this summer. First, find a reputable instructor that is certified by a reputable organization as the US Swim School Association. Barratt explained by telephoning several swimming school’s in the neighborhood could be a good start for this. Another recommendation, according to Barratt, is to ensure the swim instructor understands the differences between swimming skills needed for an adult and those of a child. The fears, challenges, and objectives are entirely different for a child than adult, explained Barratt. Another recommendation, Barratt made was to make sure any swim instructor is familiar with the concept of positive reinforcement and encouragement.
“Swimming is not easy and it can sometimes be frustrating for beginners,” said Barratt.
Other recommendations for a successful swim class, explained Barratt are to make sure the pool is clean and the water temperature not too cold, and ensure that each instructor has a plan for each class including short, medium and long-term goals.
By following these basic steps, the summer months will be not only happy and safe. In addition, by enrolling in family swimming lessons, families can enjoy any body of water together, making swimming lessons an important investment any family can make.
By Vincent Aviaini