Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st

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My girls are counting down the days til school is out and summer is officially here.  They are so ready to trade in desks, math facts, and spelling words for pools, flip flops, and diving rings.  And I must say I am right there with them.  But as a mom I know that with water also comes danger which is why I firmly believe that teaching children to swim and promoting water safety is very important.  SwimWays feels the exact same way and so they founded National Learn to Swim Day in 2012.

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May 21st will mark SwimWays 5th annual National Learn to Swim Day and they are encouraging parents and caregivers nationwide to celebrate in their own way.  Be sure to check out the National Learn to Swim Day website where you will find an abundance of resources including a list of ways to celebrate as well as an event toolkit and rewards that you can download and print for free.  The SwimWays Teach Me to Swim website is the perfect place to start gathering information before introducing your little one to the water.  There you will find information about water safety and the important and benefits of learning to swim.  Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States for children ages 1 to 4?  This scary statistics is one of the reasons I have always told my girls that they have many choices in life, but learning to swim is not a choice – it is a requirement.

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Today I’d like to share a SwimWays product that makes introducing your little one to the water a fun and enjoyable experience.  The SwimWays Baby Spring Float.

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Lilah has always been a little uneasy when it comes to water.  Even in the bathtub she tends to fuss and try to climb out the entire time so I was hopeful that the SwimWays Baby Spring Float would help to ease her fears.  The first time I placed her in the float she wasn’t too sure what to think of everything, but after a few moments she began to warm up to the idea.  She felt secure in the sturdy mesh seat and the wide base gave her plenty of room to splash and explore the water without feeling like she was in a large body of open water.  I love that this particular SwimWays Baby Spring Float also came with a removable sun canopy that simply snaps in place and will be very useful when we are spending our days at outdoor pools this summer.

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Before long Lilah was so comfortable in her SwimWays Baby Spring Float that we ventured over to the lazy river where she kicked back, relaxed, and enjoyed the ride!

As she gets a little older we will progress through the next steps in SwimWays Swim Steps.  They have lots of great products that will assist us in keeping Lilah and her sisters safe and secure in the water.  You can check them all out on the Toys “R” Us website.

Will you be celebrating National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st?  There will also be a #SwimWays National Learn to Swim Day Twitter Party on Thursday, May 19th from 1-2PM EST.  Be sure to follow @SwimWays for all the details.

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16 Responses to Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day on May 21st

  1. Jeanette says:

    It is so important for kids to learn how to swim. Where I live there is drownings all the time because they’ve never learn how to swim. My son started learn how to swim when he was a-year-old he is now eight.

  2. What an awesome way to introduce your kids to swimming. I wish this was around when my kids were little.

  3. This is so, so important. Even if you don’t have a pool or live near water, your kids need to know how to swim. It’s so important if they ever fall into any body of water.

  4. Brett Beyer says:

    This really reminds me that I need to get my kids in swimming lessons. I have swimmer’s ear, so swimming’s never been a priority for me, but I think I’m robbing my kids of some really important memories with not getting them trained to swim.

  5. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    My boys are both self taught. They just jumped in and swam one day.

  6. Shauna says:

    It is so super-important for all kids to learn to swim and not only that, but learn how to get out of the pool by themselves. So many times we try to help them get out, but they really need to know how to swim to the edge and pull themselves out in case we are not around.

  7. Dawn Lopez says:

    Those are some scary statistics on children drowning! I never really thought about very little children learning to swim but it is very important after all! The Swimway products do sound like great resources to help teach your kids to swim.

  8. Debbie Rusnak says:

    I had a scary swimming experience when my girls were young, my daughters were about 10 and 3 in age and the 10 year old could swim and had taken lessons, but the 3 year old wanted to be like her big sister and she walked over to the pool on vacation and just jumped in, thankfully I was there and noticed because she could have drowned because she didn’t know how to swim. She did learn right after that! It is so important that children learn not to be afraid of water and learn to swim early in life. I have 4 granddaughters and my daughter is making sure that they all know how to swim.

  9. Roxanne Morrison says:

    Great thoughts… So many kids grow up knowing no water safety. I encourage all to learn.

  10. We will have to go. My girls need to be stronger swimmers!

  11. Amy Desrosiers says:

    My oldest will be taking official swimming lessons soon. I am sure she is super excited to get in the water.

  12. Becca Wilson says:

    We put my son into swim lessons but it has been a couple of years. We don’t go anywhere really that he would have to use it on a regular basis, so I will definitely need to be putting him back in this year.

  13. Liz Mays says:

    This is a great way to make the transition fun and easy. I didn’t know Learn to Swim day was coming up so soon!

  14. Kathy says:

    I’m going to be putting my girls in swim lessons soon. I think it’s very important that they know how to swim. You never know when you’ll need to know how to swim.

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    It is so important to teach kids how to swim. It is an important life skill to know. Swim lessons are a great way for kids to exercise and have fun.

  16. Crystal says:

    Water safety is important all year round, but the summer can be so scary. My kids are fairly good swimmers, but I still worry when they’re around water.

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