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Staying Safe on Your Boat

Staying Safe on Your Boat

by Mario Vittone

8 Tips for a Safer Boat Trip

As a veteran helicopter rescue swimmer and then an investigator for the United States Coast Guard, I’ve seen a lot of boating trips gone wrong.  Accidents are accidents, but after twenty years on the job, I noticed that most of the things that get boaters into trouble are easy to avoid.  With a little planning and preparation, you can dramatically decrease your chances of ever having to call for help.  Consider the following before your family’s next day on the water to make sure the fun stays that way.

First of all, remember the difference between where you are going and what you are doing.  “Fishing” is a “what” – if you prepare to go fishing and forget about the “where” you may find yourself in real trouble.  So…  Continue reading

Sun, Sand, and Waves – Keeping Safe at the Beach Part 2

by Mario Vittone

In the past five years, it seems that water safety organizations have done a pretty good job at raising the public awareness.  The news always seems to kick off summer with warnings about drowning prevention and warnings about rip currents, there are water safety day’s and awareness campaigns, and tons of messages out there about the safety value of learning to swim.  But a trip to the beach is more than just a trip to a really big body of water.  Keep these other things in mind the next time you head down to the sand, and have a safer and more enjoyable summer.

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You asked, I answered – Choosing Flotation for Kids and Adults

by Mario Vittone

Mario VittoneSwimWays asked “What questions do you have for Mario?” and you answered! Not surprisingly, Swimways fans asked about flotation. Questions about pool floats and life jackets are very common, especially from parents.  So long as you understand that there are two sides to the answers – safety versus fun – you’ll be able to make good choices for your family on flotation devices for use in all bodies of water.

You see, as a serious advocate of water safety, I’m a big fan of life jackets. As a serious advocate of fun, I’m a big fan of pool floats – they are not the same thing.  You can learn more about that difference in a previous blog post, but for now, on to your questions. Continue reading

National Learn to Swim Day Coloring Contest

Coloring Contest

To celebrate the third annual National Learn to Swim Day on May 17th, we’re hosting a kids coloring contest during the month of  May!

How to enter: Simply print one of the coloring pages from the Coloring Contest page on TeachMeToSwim.com for your child to color, or you can even let your kid create his or her very own masterpiece! Scan or take a picture of their work of art and submit it via our contest page on Facebook (click on the “Color and Win” tab.)

Judging and prizes: Three winners will be chosen from the drawings entered. Two will be chosen by our staff and the other by popular vote on Facebook. Each winner will receive a prize pack containing three items of their choice: One Swim Step item, one Toy, and one Spring Float!

For more information, to check out the prizes, and to read the official rules, click here.