Save The Date! Saturday, May 17, 2014 is the third annual National Learn to Swim Day!
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It’s a Swimming Celebration!
Saturday, May 17, 2014 will be the third annual National Learn to Swim Day! The perfect opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim. With summer right around the corner, learning this invaluable life skill is even more essential for fun as well as for safety.
According to the American Red Cross, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14. If we work together to promote the importance of swimming, we can improve this scary statistic and make water wonderful for everyone.
Celebrate National Learn to Swim Day with these fun and educational activities:
- Enroll your kids in swim lessons at a local YMCA, Boys & Girls Club or other local swim club.
- Visit a community pool as a family – and remember to pack a picnic.
- Lifeguards are unsung heroes. Take a few minutes to tell your local lifeguard how much you appreciate them.
- Host a group swimming lesson at a local pool.
- Check out smart pool safety tips in our Resources section.
- Have a pool? Invite a few friends over for a synchronized swimming competition.
- Encourage kids with downloadable rewards and swim progress charts.
- Still too cold to swim outside? Grab a float and a swimsuit and practice some silly splashes in the bathtub.
- Take a CPR or First Aid class.
- Visit a local library and check out a book about famous Olympic swimmers.
- Talk to your children about water safety.
- Start your own Learn-to-Swim Celebration. Contact your local pool, waterpark or community center and help organize a fun event.
Visit our tools page to download invitations, guides, and more to help you host the perfect event!
National Learn to Swim Day is timed with other events being held during National Water Safety Month (May) in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of teaching children to swim, and provide resources to parents for teaching their kids the important skill.