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Can Your Child Jump, Roll and Shout?

As parents, our number one priority is keeping our kiddos safe. Outdoor activities in or around water are fun, but require vigilant supervision to avoid the inherent risks that water can pose. Many folks may not realize, but little ones can drown in less than two inches of water.

That’s why it’s extremely important to teach your kiddos how to swim at an early age. I encourage parents to enroll in a swim program where students will learn essential water safety techniques and develop into confident swimmers. At Love to Swim School, one of the skills we teach our students is Jump, Roll and Shout. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate how to react and get to safety if found in an emergency situation.

The Jump, Roll and Shout skill is developed with the intention of providing a realistic, real-world experience. We even have our students come to class fully clothed to demonstrate this real-world experience – kids think it’s super fun to jump in with their regular clothes on and it makes the class even more exciting and special!

To perform the Jump, Roll and Shout technique, we ask our students to:

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Click here for demonstration: https://youtu.be/JVOpCK9H59A

Ultimately, children have a blast practicing this skill and it will provide you peace of mind knowing your little one is prepared for unexpected circumstances.

Parents Drive Success

In order for our kiddos to continue to learn and develop techniques such as the Jump, Roll and Shout, they need the support of their parents at home. Safety skills are only truly skills if our children access them in real-life situations outside of swim class. Here are some ways that the family can join in and learn:

  1. Practice – When you take your little ones to the pool, give them an opportunity to show off their back floats, rollovers and other skills learned in class. Avoid the doggie paddle and instead practice rollovers to learn how to breathe and rest. This single habit could save your child’s life.
  2. Talk – Discuss what your swimmers should do if they find themselves in a water emergency. These conversations should look and sound like those you have about what to do if there is a fire or an interaction with a stranger. Make sure they know what is expected of them.
  3. Quiz – Much like fire drills, children should be quizzed often so they know how to react without panicking when they encounter a dangerous or unexpected situation. Use this Water Safety Quiz to ensure you and your kiddos know what to do to be safer in and around the water!

Over my career, I have found that students who show the most improvement while at Love to Swim School are practicing outside of the classroom with their families. Remember, learning to swim takes time and patience, and no one is ever drown proof. Water safety is the first step to developing strong, confident swimmers. Contact one of our three Love to Swim School locations today to find out more about our swim lessons and upcoming events.

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