Learn 2 Swim

Safety Tip

Reach or throw, don't go!--Never try to rescue a distressed or drowning swimmer by jumping in after them. Always use a floatation device or something long to pull them in.

Little Boy Underwater

After completing a parent and child aquatics program with your child both you and your child will feel more comfortable moving into higher levels of water instruction.

Quick Facts - Safe Fun

  • According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2000, there were 3,482 unintentional drownings in the United States, an average of nine people per day.
  • Children under five and adolescents between the ages of 15-24 have the highest drowning rates.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also says, Drowning is the second-leading cause of injury-related death among children under the age of 15.
  • According to the Fire Authority of Orange County, CA, all preschoolers who drown, 70 percent are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75 percent are missing from sight for five minutes or less.
  • The Fire Authority of Orange County, CA, also says a swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics says, it is estimated that for each drowning death, there are 1 to 4 nonfatal submersions serious enough to result in hospitalization. Children who still require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the time they arrive at the emergency department have a poor prognosis, with at least half of survivors suffering significant neurological impairment.
  • A parent and child aquatics program will not completely prevent occurrences such as these from happening. However, the earlier you introduce your child to the water the sooner they will begin to understand the fundamentals of swimming. A parent and child aquatic experience will prepare you and your child for the next steps as well as educate you about the safest ways for your child to learn to swim. They will learn how to jump from the side and swim back to the wall, or even hold their breath upon submersion. These skills are important for survival as well as the continuation of learning how to swim.