Drowning Rates for Children on the Decline, Swimtastic Swim School Spreads the Word

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Drowning awareness and proper swim lessons directly responsible for decrease.

May marks the beginning of nice weather and outdoor activities; once the weather warms up children start to spend more and more time outside. May is also National Drowning Prevention Month. National Drowning Prevention Month is a way to raise awareness of the dangers of drowning, and what can be done to make sure it never happens to your loved ones. According to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance, currently drowning is the second leading cause of deaths due to unintentional injury for children in the United States. For every child who dies of drowning, two more are hospitalized with drowning injuries. While that statistic is alarming, the good news is that drowning is on the decline. More parents are becoming aware of the dangers of drowning, and enrolling their children in swim classes. This is playing a huge role in reduced drowning rates.

Two main factors are responsible for this decrease. The first is better supervision. As part of National Drowning Prevention month the National Drowning Prevention Alliance stresses the importance of never leaving your children unsupervised in the water, even if it’s for a very short amount of time. The efforts of the NDPA and local swim schools throughout the nation are seeing results. As parents become more aware of the threat of drowning, supervision has been on the increase.

The second factor is an increase in children enrolled in swim lessons. Swim lessons have been proven to reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. More parents enrolling their children in swimming lessons early in their children’s lives has also led to this decline in drowning statistics over the last 16 years. This is particularly evident in young children, aged 1 to 4. This age group is more likely to drown when uneducated, either while bathing or from falling into bodies of water such as pools. Parents can start enrolling their little ones in swim classes as early as six months old. One advantage of starting so young is it instills a love for the water as well as the importance of water safety in children early in life. It is also important for parents to continue to enroll their children in lessons as they grow older. Continuous enrollment in lessons results in happy, safe swimmers.

While May is the official drowning prevention month, it is important for parents to be aware of the dangers of drowning all year long. Even though summer means more pools and beaches, drowning can even happen at home in the bathtub. Drowning is preventable, and children who have received swim lessons and have learned about the dangers of drowning are better protected. Make sure you educate children about the dangers of drowning and enroll them in swim classes to help keep them safe.

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Swimtastic® Swim School, based in Waukesha, Wis., was founded in 1996 by child educator and swim expert, Susan Wainscott. Swimtastic, a leader in the learn-to-swim industry, has received numerous honors for its innovative curriculum, professionally trained teachers and child-friendly pool environment. Each year, thousands of children and adults learn to swim and gain the foundation of a lifetime- a love for water activities with Swimtastic. For more information, visit http://www.swimtastic.com.

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