SafeSplash Swim School named as one of Denver’s top swim schools. Check out their great article!
SafeSplash Swim School named as one of Denver’s top swim schools. Check out their great article!
SafeSplash was recently asked by Colorado Parent Magazine to provide summer water safety tips. Check out the great article and tips below!
PRACTICE WATER SAFETY
SafeSplash Swim School provided the following tips for water safety:
• Swim in areas supervised by lifeguards
• Always swim with a buddy
• Know before you go — don’t swim in water if you don’t know it is safe.
• Use family rules around water. Kids must ask permission to get in the water or swim. “Mommy are you ready?” Or “1…2…3… jump!”
• Be aware of the too’s: too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun.
• Use adult swims/safety breaks for trips to the bathroom, to get a quick drink of water or a small snack, to apply more sun screen, etc.
• Never leave a child unsupervised. Do not trust a child’s life to another child or to swim aids (floaties).
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals adds:
• Never play or swim near drains or suction fittings in pools
• Never enter a pool or spa if a suction fitting or drain cover is loose, broken or missing
• Remove toys from in and around the pool when it is not in use
• Learn to swim
• Feet first! Never dive head first in water not intended for head-first diving
Brooke is our June Swimmer of the Month!
Brooke is five years old and just completed kindergarten.
She has been swimming twice a week at SafeSplash for the past three months. Brooke has become an amazingly strong swimmer in just a few weeks time. She went from tears to full strokes and has made huge progress! She has an awesome side breath and backstroke!
Brooke’s hobbies include school, Barbies, riding her bike, playing at the park, gymnastics, putt-putt, and swimming! Elisha & Jason are her proud parents, and she has a brother, Taylor.
Congratulations to Brooke for being the Swimmer of the Month! Keep up the great work!
Denver’s CBS 4 named SafeSplash Swim School one of the best places in Denver for kid’s swim lessons. Read the full article here!
The pools are open for the summer and vacations are here! It’s never too late for parents to educate themselves and their children to be safer in and around the water. At SafeSplash, we focus on water safety during your child’s lessons, but there are steps you can take as a parent to make sure you child is safer at the pool!
From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drowning (non-boating related) annually in the United States. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. Among children ages 1 to 4, most drownings occur in home swimming pools. For more information, click here.
Check out the tips below to make sure your children are safe at the pool and at home throughout the summer!
Always Practice Water Safety at the pool:
- Only swim in areas supervised by lifeguards
- Never leave a child unsupervised:
- Use a “Family Rule” around the water:
- Always swim with a buddy
- Know before you go: Don’t swim if you don’t know it is safe
- Adult Swims at the community pool: Use this time for bathroom breaks, having a small snack, applying more sunscreen, etc.
- Learn your community pool rules: Make sure your children understand and obey all pool rules
Remove risks at your home:
- Drain kiddie pools after use
- Know where water hazards are in your community and around your home (Ponds, creeks, streams, other pools, etc.)
- Use gates and barriers around home pools to remove access to water
Know your Swimming “Safety Too’s”:
- Knowing the swimming safety too’s will help your swimmers and your family recognize dangerous behaviors in and around the swimming pool
Know how to Respond to an Emergency:
- Get to a safe spot
- Know your lifeguards
- Know when to call 9-1-1
- Get additional training in CPR and First Aid. While hopefully you would never be in a situation where CPR skills are needed, it is incredibly valuable to know proper CPR and First Aid skills.
Water Safety Month is coming to a close, but with the outdoor pools now open make sure you and your family are prepared!
Check out this great article from the National Drowning Prevention Alliance on “Layers of Protection“. It covers many of the ways you can make sure your family is safe around the water and prepared for an emergency.
We are so excited about our new school in Salt Lake City, UT!
Check out this great picture of Miss Jes teaching her kiddos the proper way to kick!
For more information on lessons at our new Utah location, click here.
A few years ago, I was teaching a beginner adult swimming class. There was a young woman named Heather enrolled in the class. She experienced a near-drowning incident as a teen and was finally feeling confident enough to get back in the water and learn how to swim. As a child, Heather had never been enrolled in swim lessons or spent much time around pools or lakes. Like most kids and teens, she felt invincible and didn’t doubt her lack of skills when she dove into that lake as a 15 year old. She realized too late that she was too deep and unable to keep herself above water. Luckily, lifeguards on duty and her family members were able to rescue her.
There are many lessons we can take away from this, but one of the most obvious is the importance of enrolling your child in swim lessons at a young age. If Heather’s parents had put her in swim lessons as a child, this may have saved her the trauma of experiencing a near-drowning. Heather and I had many issues to work through while she was in my class. It took several long and grueling months before Heather even felt comfortable floating without support and submerging her face. There were many tears and frustrations, that as an instructor, I felt could have been spared if she had been exposed to swim lessons as a child.
Unfortunately, many parents (who love and only want what is best for their children) fail to enroll their children in swim lessons. Why is this? For many years agencies like the American Academy of Pediatrics discouraged swim lessons for younger children. However, they have recently withdrawn that position and new research shows the invaluable importance of swim lessons for children. Research from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) proves swim lessons can have a protective effect against drowning.
Of course, swim lessons alone do not prevent drowning. The National Drowning Prevention Alliance cites many “layers of protection” that parents can utilize to protect their child from drowning:
There are plenty of other measures a parent can take, but swim lessons is one of the easiest and first steps a parent can take to help make their child is safer in and around water.
~ By Kelsey Olson
At SafeSplash, we want your family to have the best swim lesson experience possible. Check out these five tips to make your time at SafeSplash a great one!
1. Consider your child’s daily routine:
When scheduling your child’s swim lessons, take into account their daily routine and how swim lessons fit into that. Lessons close to when your child naps or eats lunch can cause discomfort during their lesson. Try to pick a time when your child is most relaxed and ready to learn!
2. Arrive early:
At SafeSplash we want to encourage a fun and friendly atmosphere, and arriving on-time and prepared for lessons is one of the easiest ways to do this. The less rushed your child feels, the more comfortable and prepared they will be for lessons.
3. Get to know the staff:
Make your SafeSplash experience a great one by getting to know the manager, front desk staff, deck supervisor, and instructors at your facility! We are here to help, share information, and make sure your child is confident and comfortable in our program. If you ever have a question or concern, don’t hesitate to stop one of us and ask!
4. Encourage your child:
At SafeSplash, we seek to foster a life-long love for swimming. Our instructors and staff will do their best to encourage your child and make them comfortable in the water, but parents can always help with this too! If a parent is anxious, nervous or worried, a child can sense this negative body language. Parents who stay positive, relaxed, and encouraging will help their child transition much more smoothly into swim lessons.
5. Bath time = Practice time:
Practicing swimming skills at home reinforces what your child learns at swim lessons. Splashing in the bath, practicing blowing bubbles, or getting their face wet are all great way to continue the learning at home! Practicing these skills at home also helps with your child’s comfort level when they come to lessons.
Congratulations to our Colorado October Swimmer of the Month, Jiana. Her swim instructor Emily says, “Since I started teaching Jiana Spring 2012, she has progressed from a 2b to almost a level 4 in just a few short months. Jiana had been working really hard on her pop-up breaths, then one day it clicked! She swam the whole length of the pool doing her pop-up breaths no problem. I was so proud of her!! Jiana’s older sister Keniya swims the same and I sometimes catch Jiana smiling and watching her sister swim just a few lanes over. Jiana always tells me how she wants to keep practicing and swim like her big sister one day. Jiana loves to learn new skills and asks me all the time what we are going to learn next. Jiana is currently working on her newest favorite thing, side breathing. Jiana has gained so much confidence and loves swimming.”
Her favorite part about swimming: side breathing (it’s also the most difficult )
What is your favorite thing your instructor does: fishy game, red light/green light and diving for rings
Who is the best swimmer you know: ME!
Favorite Ice Cream: Heath Bar
Favorite Color: All of them!
What is our pool rule: must sit on the dock, her sister says “not to drown”
We are all so proud of Jiana! Keep up the hard work!