How to Host a National Learn to Swim Day Event

National Learn to Swim DayNational Learn to Swim Day is on Saturday, May 18th. If you’re wondering how to celebrate, why not throw your own event? And if you can’t host it on Saturday – National Learn to Swim Day can be any day you want – there’s no time limit on learning to swim, we want learning to swim to be an everyday event! Where do you start? Check out these tips we put together for you:

CHOOSE & BOOK A VENUE

Contact your local public pool, community pool or YMCA and book a location for your event.

BRING IN THE EXPERTS

The following people and organizations have the tools and resources you need. Reach out and invite them to speak or perform a demon­stration at your event regarding learning to swim and water safety.

  • YMCA pool staff
  • Lifeguards
  • Swimming coach / instructors
  • Emergency Services

SPREAD THE WORD

Once you have your venue and suitable speakers it’s time to promote your event!

  • Use one of our event posters and place it in high traffic areas.
  • Email invitations to your friends and other contacts.
  • Create a Facebook event.
  • If an expert will be there, let people know! Having an expert attend will really help your event attendance. People are looking for expert advice.
  • Contact your local newspaper, tele­vision, or radio station for media coverage.
  • Let SwimWays know! We’ll be happy to share your event on our website or social media pages.
National Learn to Swim Day 2012

National Learn to Swim Day 2012

REFRESHMENTS

When you know how many people plan to attend your event, think about providing some food and drink. Keeping your attend­ees refreshed and nourished will ensure energy remains high throughout the day. Bottled water, chips, or trail mix will keep everyone happy. If you have the budget, have the event catered. Or even better, ask attendees to bring their favorite dish to share with others!

PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT

Whether it’s music, pool games, poolside games, or even coloring sheets – think of something for everyone so no one gets bored!

ESTABLISH SOME RULES

Make sure your attendees stay safe. At the start of your event, communicate the rules of the pool where your event is being hosted. Post rules around the area and make sure attendees follow them. If everyone follows the rules, the event will be fun and safe for all involved!

National Learn to Swim Day 2012

National Learn to Swim Day 2012

WHEN IT’S ALL OVER

Tell SwimWays about your event! We’d love to see your pictures and read your stories!

How are you celebrating National Learn to Swim Day?

There’s still time to enter the Swim Steps Giveaway. You have until 12:00 PM EST on Friday, May 17, 2013 for the chance to win one of three cute Swim Steps prize packs!