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5 Reasons Why Children Should Take Swim Lessons

Sarah Haverstick, Program Manager for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, spent the last three years working with a committed group of community partners dedicated to preventing drowning.

The team polled community partners about why children should take swim lessons; here’s what they found:

  1. Swim lessons teach children lifesaving skills. From how to enter the water to pool safety rules and how to get to the edge of the water, kids learn techniques that may save a life someday.
  1. Swim lessons calm fears. Many children are terrified of getting their face wet or putting their head underwater. Imagine what would happen if such a child unexpectedly fell into the water; he or she would likely panic. Swim lessons start with basics like blowing bubbles in the water to get children used to having their face near water. Spending time in the water during lessons also helps many children become more comfortable with their surroundings.
  1. Swimming is a great way to keep kids active over the summer. We’ve all heard the statistics about the increase in childhood obesity across the country. What could be more fun than spending a hot summer day in the water with friends and family? All of that splashing around in the pool is great exercise.
  1. Swim lessons can help kids build confidence. Helping your child learn and master new skills is great for their confidence and self-esteem. Swim lessons are often taught in stages, so with each round a child learns new skills and then graduates to the next level.
  1. Swim lessons can be the start of a new hobby or sport. Lessons aren’t competitive and their purpose isn’t to turn your child into the next Michael Phelps, but who knows? Swim lessons could spur a love of swimming in your child and open up opportunities to remain active as a competitive swimmer. It’s the start of a healthy activity that your child can continue to use for exercise throughout life!

Always remember: Nothing can take the place of active adult supervision when you’re at the pool this summer. Drowning remains among the leading causes of injury-related death for children ages 1-18 (in Tennessee).

Learn more about the Safe Haven program and Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt >>

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August 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment

Keep It Safe and Fun With These Tips

Summer is here and water safety is a top priority. Whether you’re water skiing, fishing, lounging on the beach or enjoying a game of Marco Polo, it’s critical that you’re aware of where children are at all times and employ water safety techniques.

Assess Water Risks
Always be aware of the risks associated with water. There is no such thing as being “drown proof”, but awareness and vigilance help keep water activities fun and safer for the whole family.

Common Items Can Be Used as Safety Devices.
Keep some of these items nearby to use as safety devices if needed:

  • Shepard’s Hook
  • Rope
  • Lifesaver
  • Floatation Devices
  • Pool Noodles
  • Towel

Designate a Water Watcher
Any time there are children in or around water, there should be an adult Water Watcher designated to do nothing but watch the children. This person can not be distracted and is solely responsible for the kiddos’ safety.

August 3, 2015 at 2:51 pm Leave a comment


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