water safety
and how swimming CAN IMPACT children's lives
FACTS
(WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO)
Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death for children between 1-4 years of age.
Drowning is the #2 leading cause of death in children ages 1-14 years of age.
Participation in year round swimming lessons can reduce the chances of drowning by 88%! 
(Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2009)
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Learning to swim will provide skills for life!
Progressing through each step in learning to swim, to learning to compete is incredibly rewarding!
water safety
LINES of defense
Have a backyard pool or hot tub?
Accidents happen. The more we can do to prevent them, and better prepare ourselves and our children to respond to situations will positively impact outcomes.
  1. Constant supervision. A child's most important defense from drowning is being under the watchful eye of an adult...especially if there's ANY water nearby.
  2. Physical defenses. Technology has come a long way in in adding safety measures for home pools. Fences, locks, water motion sensors, automatic pool covers are a few key options. Parents, please look into what devices are best suited for your home pool and put them in place! A small investment now can prevent a potential tragedy in the future.
  3. Remove tempting objects. Kids are attracted to bright objects and toys. When the pool isn't supervised, ensure any toys are not in the pool, and nowhere near the edge. Kids might be intent upon getting ahold of a toy on deck, and end up in the pool uninentionally.
  4. Talk about family rules. Discuss your rules when around water. Keep your rules short and memorable so kids can retain them. Reward kids when they demonstrate respect and adherence to the rules. It'll show them it's important
  5. Swimming Skills. They're called accidents for a reason. A child who has been taught how to react when in a distressed situation in the water will impact his/her chances of responding, and possibly saving their own life. At Waves, we instill several aspects of swimming, the most of important of which are awareness and safety!! No amount of lessons will make a young person drown-proof, but being more confident and skilled in and around the water can make a big difference!
  6. Know CPR. Anyone, teenage years and up, should be trained in CPR. It's a relatively simple way to potentially save a life...including the life of a family member. There are several places to learn. Here's the Red Cross link.
why swimming matters
For Our Children
For All of Us

Statistics on American Academy of Pediatrics

 Latest Recommendations

 

New 2019 Guidelines Classes  In its newest water safety guidelines, the AAP recommend children start swimming lessons around age 1 to help decrease risks of drowning. (See AAP Report)  (Washington Post Article on New Standards)

Parent-Child and Toddler Swim Classes Recent studies suggest that water survival skills training and swim lessons can help reduce drowning risk for children between ages 1-4. Classes that include both parents and their children also are a good way to introduce good water safety habits and start building swim readiness skills. If your child seems ready, it's a good idea to start lessons now.

Swim Lesson by the Time They're 4....A Must for Most Families! By their 4th birthday, most children are ready for swim lessons. At this age, they usually can learn basic water survival skills such as floating, treading water and getting to an exit point. By age 5 or 6, most children in swim lessons can master the front crawl. If your child hasn't already started in a learn-to-swim program, now is the time!

 

Statistics on Why Children Must Learn to Swim

 Parents and Swim Instructors CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!

 

Approximately 10 people drown every day in the United States. Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury deaths worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.(Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) 

 

More than one in five fatal drowning victims are children younger than 14. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.(Source: CDC)

Drowning is also a silent killer—most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time. (Source: Present P. Child Drowning study)

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Participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children aged one to four years. (Source: Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2009)

If a parent does not know how to swim, there is only a 13 percent chance that a child in that household will learn how to swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)

Seventy percent of African-American and sixty percent of Hispanic/Latino children cannot swim. (Source: National research study by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis)

 
Our learn to swim Method compared to ISR
Any swim program's objective is to instill respect and awareness of water, teach situational response, physical skills and ultimately, help children enjoy the water, safely. 
Most parents prefer swim schools, like Waves, while others believe in the Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) programs. If you're interested in a gentle, gradual yet results-based and parent-involved approach, like ours, you might get push-back from other parents telling you their views on ISR. While there are strong views on both perspectives, and many misconceptions, there are definitely differences between the two methods that parents should know and consider before deciding what's best for this child. Here's a few that really matter to us:
We want parent involvement. Our viewpoint is that parents play a vital role in the encouragement, support and experience of the learning process with their baby. With ISR, parents are asked to be largely "out of the picture", and the instructor will be in the water with your baby. Parents are often asked to refrain from interaction or interference. As your baby learns skills, your encouragement, in fact...your participation, with them in the water is a wonderful experience. 
The learning experience matters. 
 
ISR's intent is to teach a baby how to react when in the terrible situation of finding themselves in the water and alone. As you might guess, this can be very stressful for a child. The program uses fear since air is withheld until the child can get their head above water to breathe. Said differently, drowning is mildly simulated with the baby. At Waves, we believe that instilling potentially traumatic situations are not the best way to teach a child. 
 
FOX NEWS REPORT(click to read). "There is evidence indicating that tactics used by ISR may create traumatic associations. As a result, children may develop negative thoughts or fears about the water or swimming".  We're not believers that a risk such as this needs to be anywhere involved with a great, effective learning process. At Waves, our instructors strive to ensure that lessons are enjoyable, positive in nature, and that every swimmer goes home that day with better skills than when they arrived. Our overarching perspective on swimming at Trident is SAFETY-SKILL DEVELOPMENT-PERFORMANCE.  Positive reinforcement at each step is key. Yes, that encouragement takes on different forms for our 3 years olds, versus our high school or olympic trials-level swimmers. But each step is related and carefully choreographed.
We develop skills over time, and by continuing to work on them. The condensed nature of ISR is often proclaimed a benefit to children, since skills are taught quickly. Commonly, ISR proponents will emphasize that babies will learn to rescue themselves in four to six weeks. To parents who are concerned about the safety of their children, this "get it done in six weeks" can sound very attractive. The ISR classes are most often scheduled every single day for at least a month. And the intensity of the classes is considered, by many, extreme for a baby. We currently teach several children who left the ISR program mid-stream. Many parents tell have relayed to us their experiences in how traumatic it had been for both them and their baby.  Rather than ask parents to bring their baby every day for a month, to swim for only 10 minutes, we prefer to teach a little longer lesson, once or twice per week.
Learning to respect the water, enjoy the water, and then swim very well across it should not be rushed, discouraging and potentially traumatic. Rather, we should ensure our children are taught the dangers of water, but in a skillful, encouraging way that promotes them wanting to swim, and swim well. Successfully teaching swimming requires structure, clear objectives, patience, education and commitment. We never want to shy away from being too "soft". Some babies will cry for many lessons, and just months later be loving swimming and making it all the way across the pool.
Each parent should make the choice in swimming education that they feel is right for their child. At Waves, we feel strongly that every parent should research and decide what's best for their little swimmer.