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Steps to Swimming Success - Step 2

Steps to Swimming Success – Step 2

Learn to Swim Videos

This is the second in a series of three blog posts where we walk you through the steps to Swimming Success. In our first blog post in this series we talked about Swim Step 1 and making your child’s first time in the water a comfortable and happy one. In this blog post we’ll go over how you can help your toddler build confidence in the water and set them up for future swim training success. Mario Vittone joins us once again as narrator. Let’s make a splash together with Swim Step 2 – Water Exploration.  Continue reading

Steps to Swimming Success - Step 1

Steps to Swimming Success – Step 1

Learn to Swim Videos

In April we had a blast filming three new videos for our Swim Steps line of products called “Steps to Swimming Success” at Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Williams Farm location. Each video covers a different step of the learn to swim process and features the voice of former U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer and water safety expert, Mario Vittone. Let’s take a look at Swim Step 1 – Water Introduction.  Continue reading

Making a Swimming Difference, One Class at a Time

With her brightly colored swim suit and equally sunny disposition, Leslie Paul stands poolside while she talks to the class about their upcoming lesson. Anxious to get started, the excited children quickly fall in line with their designated instructor and split off to different areas of the Windsor Oaks Pool for their third day of the week long swim training program. From the most timid of swimmers wearing fluorescent flotation devices, to confident splashers, each group is provided instruction based upon their level of comfort in the water.

Really Awesome People Swimming (RAPS) was founded by Leslie in 2007 after she found out about the high drowning rates amongst the minority population. The Hampton Roads, Virginia based organization teaches local children and teens who otherwise do not have the means to participate in swim lessons how to swim and to be safe while in, on or around the water. Leslie and her team of instructors passionately teach swimming and safety skills to children free of charge throughout the summer. Their goal is to ensure no child is left out when it comes to learning to swim due to lack of pool facilities, race or socioeconomic status.

Swimways Corp. supports Leslie and her team by donating swim training aids such as SwimWays water toys and pool noodles, and COOP waterproof balls and skateboard floats. In addition we also provide monetary support towards this worthy cause, enabling the RAPS team to ensure even more local children learn to swim.

Quick stats about RAPS:

  • 346 children + 6 adults = 352 people served through the RAPS program in 2013
  • 15 instructors with a combined total of 303 years of experience, and 1 lifeguard with 5 years of experience
  • Total number of people served through the RAPS program since 2007 = 1,315

Did you know?**

  • About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Making it the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death behind motor vehicle crashes.
  • Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. In 2009, among children 1 to 4 years old who died from unintentional injury, more than 30% died from drowning.
  • Taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years.
  • African-American children ages 5 to 14 drown at a rate nearly three times higher than their Caucasian peers.
  • Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male.

For more information about this amazing program, or if you’d like to contribute to the cause, visit: reallyawesomepeopleswimming.org

** Sources: Unintentional Drowning: Get the Facts. CDC.

Attention Bloggers! SwimWays Review & Giveaway Opportunity

We’re looking for blogging parents with children meeting the below size requirements to review our Sea Squirts PFD life jackets. We will also consider swim instructors/water experts. If you would like to host a giveaway with your review we will be happy to supply a PFD as a prize and ship it to your winner free of charge (would need sizing and gender information of course!). This opportunity is open to U.S. residents only excl. Alaska and Hawaii (and any other non-continental territories).

Please review the size chart below to see if your child(ren) would be a good fit!

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Looking good? Read on!

SwimWays Sea Squirts PFDThe SwimWays Sea Squirts PFD is a US Coast Guard Certified Type III personal flotation device (PFD). It’s great for boat trips, visiting the lake, the beach, or even the pool. This cute PFD is also a great way to introduce your child to the water as part of the learn to swim process. Here are just some of the reasons we know you’ll love it:

  • US Coast Guard Certified Type III Personal Flotation Device.
  • Buoyancy Technology allows for successful balance of a child’s center of gravity, giving them greater control and stability when swimming.
  • Quality neoprene outer cover and inner fabric liner for extreme comfort.
  • Heavy-duty zipper.
  • Cute flexible fins are appealing to kids and they naturally fold flat so they can sit comfortably in a boat or chair.

If you’re interested in this opportunity please email marketing@swimways.com no later than July 26, 2013 and include your child’s size and their gender (if you have more than one child, please include the size and gender of each so we can send you appropriate PFDs). Please feel free to share this post with other bloggers in your network who you feel may be a good fit for this opportunity.

All blogs will be reviewed for post and content quality. We’re looking for authentic posts from those who love to take pictures and/or videos of products in action, a good social media presence is also desired but not necessary.

We look forward to hearing from you!

– The SwimWays Marketing Team