National Learn to Swim Day will be celebrated this year during National Water Safety Month on Saturday, May 16. Founded by Swimways in 2012, National Learn to Swim Day is held on the third Saturday of May each year and provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of water safety and teaching children to swim as pools open across the U.S. for summer. Did you know that from 2010-13 drowning was the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. for children ages 1-4? Let’s help solve this problem by raising the awareness of this life-changing movement. Here are five ways you can celebrate and help:
- Talk to your children about water safety. Visit www.teachmetoswim.com for a collection of learn to swim tools and curated resources. Download National Learn to Swim Day materials such as swim training certificates and coloring pages or visit the resources page to learn more about water safety and learning to swim.
- Host your own learn to swim celebration. Contact your local pool, water park or community center and organize a fun and educational event. Invite local swim instructors and lifeguards to speak, have them perform a demonstration or group swim lesson for an interactive learning experience.
- Contact your local recreation center and enroll beginner swimmers in your household in swim lessons. It’s never too late to learn to swim, so don’t forget about the adults in your household. If you’re an adult who can’t swim but would like to, visit www.swimmunity.com, an online swim community dedicated to inspiring and helping adults during the learn to swim process, and remember you are not alone!
- Are you a swim instructor? Why not organize a free group swimming lesson at your local pool and enlist the help of other local instructors and lifeguard volunteers? Alternatively, contribute your knowledge and skills to a local learn to swim initiative such as Really Awesome People Swimming or Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Students on the Swim.
- Enroll in first aid and CPR courses so you can learn how to help someone in their time of need. Visit www.redcross.org to find a training location near you.
To learn more about National Learn to Swim Day visit www.teachmetoswim.com. For steps to your child’s swimming success watch our new series of Swim Steps videos on YouTube: