Concord, Massachusetts (PRWEB) April 23, 2010
The Thoreau Club, a family health and fitness facility and camp, has announced that it will offer free “Mommy & Me” water safety classes for the residents of Concord, Acton, Sudbury and Stow. Children can be between the ages of 6 months and 3 years and must be accompanied by one parent or guardian. The 6-week class, which is accredited by the American Red Cross, helps infants and toddlers become comfortable in the water, with the goal of teaching them how to float on their back in the event they ever fall into a pool.
“At The Thoreau Club we believe teaching an infant or toddler how to swim means giving that child a gift of a lifetime. So many activities that we enjoy as families revolve around the water and kids who can’t swim are in constant danger,” says Faith Pulis, President of The Thoreau Club.
Drowning danger is very real. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2008 drowning became the #1 cause of accidental childhood deaths. On average 300 children under the age of 5 drown in pools. In addition, over 2,000 children per year that age are treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion injuries. At the time of the incidents most victims were being supervised by one or more parents. According to the CDC, a child can drown in the time it takes to make a short phone call and child drowning is considered a “silent death” because there is often no splashing that alerts someone there is a problem.
Notes Pulis, “It is because of these sobering statistics that we are committed to providing every new parent in our community the opportunity to teach their babies skills which may save their lives. By making the classes free there is no excuse for any parent not to introduce their baby to water safety.”
The first 6-week class will begin on Saturday, May 1st,. Depending upon the demand more classes can be added. As each course is completed a new one will begin. According to Tina Rumsey, the coordinator of the program, “Because we bubble our pools we will be offering these classes year round.” To maintain the proper ratio of participants to teacher, each group will be limited to 8 babies with one adult. Registrations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.