SafeSplash Swim School offered my family a month of lessons to share an honest review of our experience! We had a great experience, so I’m talking about the school and also summer swim safety.
Summer. The time of sun, maybe sand & surf, and almost always swimming. Or water. We traded in our pool two years ago for half an acre. Now we have hoses in tree houses and baby pools.
But water, even a LITTLE water, is dangerous.
I’m not the paranoid parent, but at the same time, drowning seems way easier than we’d like to think. Our toilets. An inch of water in the bathtub. An unattended baby pool in the backyard. I hate even thinking about it. And, as a perk of pregnancy, I recently had an extremely vivid dream where Cooper drowned in our bathtub. You guys: WORST. DREAM. EVER.
So let’s talk summer swim safety, shall we? And really, just all around WATER safety. As we do, don’t get overwhelmed with worry and what-ifs. Even researching this got me panicky thinking of all the things that could happen or could HAVE happened. Don’t let your mind go nuts like mine does! Just take the tips, y’all. TAKE THE TIPS.
Summer Swim Safety
Talk about It
From the time our kids were babies, we made a habit of talking to our kids even if they didn’t understand it all. Now our boys understand a lot and the girls…well, they’re working on it. So the conversations we’ve had with the boys for years are even MORE important: keep the bathroom door shut, drain the tub all the way, shut the back door, never go swimming alone. We repeat things to them and they repeat them to their sisters.
Not that we trust THEM to be the safe ones. That’s our job. But they need to know, too. The importance. The way water is so amazing, so much fun—but also very serious. You can’t ever start this conversation too early. Make it common.
Have you seen the video about what drowning actually looks like? This has been making the rounds and is so important to know. It’s really almost never like the movies with all the splashing and shouting. Read what drowning looks like and know the signs.
Know what to do if an infant is drowning and how this is different if a toddler or older child is drowning. Teach your kids important rules about swim safety before you are near the water. Make your own sets of rules and communicate openly with your kids about water, both in terms of times where you plan to swim and
Equip Your Kids
Here is where swim lessons become important. Before Rob’s mom died, she gave the boys swim lessons in our backyard pool every summer. It was a safe space and she was someone they already trusted, so this was vital to the boys getting comfortable in the water and learning how to get to the side. (Lynn also had years of experience as a swimmer and coach.)
Without her (and without a pool in the backyard), it’s been harder. My parents have worked with our kids in their pool, but the girls still don’t have the foundation the boys did when we had a pool in our yard or weekly lessons from Lynn.
And I’m not trusting of all lessons, either. I have two friends whose kids almost drowned at swim lessons— read Marianne’s story HERE. If you get lessons, they need to be SOLID.
Before summer started, we got to experience a month of lessons with SafeSplash Swim School. What I loved:
- There were two instructors whenever there were more than two kids. (I’m not sure if that’s the policy or just our experience!)
- They were super patient with my kids, even Cooper, who was super hesitant in the water, and Lincoln, who is a nut.
- The lessons were fun, but also taught great foundations for basic swimming (for Cooper) and strokes (for the boys).
- My kids were safe. They learned things. And they had a great time doing it. I would absolutely recommend checking out SafeSplash Swim School!
I read of so many stories where a child drowned within reach of a parent or other adult, like this story from Bobbie of the Clumsy Crafter. (And, again, Marianne’s daughter almost died right at swim lessons!) Sometimes when there are a LOT of adults around, everyone assumes someone else is watching the kids. When we are in comfortable situations, it’s easy to let our guard down. We simply CAN’T.
When we all swim at my parents’ house, I always ask to make sure someone has eyes on the kids if I have to go inside. We try to keep it one-to-one, so if my mom has Quin, my dad has Cooper. (The boys now do swim team and need supervision, but not the same eagle eyes that the girls do.) Never assume. Always be sure someone is responsible and that they KNOW they are responsible. Don’t let your guard down, even around your own house and pool.