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April 29, 2017
For the past 20 years or so, LPB has kicked off the summer season by teaching our students ways to keep themselves safe in and around water during the vacations and adventures that typically happen during the summer months. Often this is the time when families travel and find themselves with opportunities to swim in places besides our pools. This can include house or hotel pools and hot tubs, rivers, lakes, oceans, and so on. Each one of these swimming areas has its own set of risks that must be addressed to ensure the safety of the kids.
Later this month, one of your child’s classes will include an age- and level- appropriate lesson on Summer Safety.
In Baby and Toddler classes, your teacher will have a short discussion with you or your child’s caregiver about common hazards around the house and when swimming, wading, or boating in public places.
Level 1 and 2 students, as well as any student under 4 years old will have a similar discussion, geared toward their age, that focuses largely on the important mantra “never swim alone”. We will also talk to them about calling 9-1-1 seeking help from a grownup if they see a swimmer in distress.
Students in Levels 3, 4 and Gold Plus classes who are 4-5 years old will not only have the discussion with their teachers, but will also have the opportunity to practice a variety of survival skills in the deep end. Like most everything with our lessons, the learning will be disguised as fun and these students will practice survival skills like bobbing, turtle floats, appropriate use of of life jackets, and will refine their treading and backfloat skills, without the use of goggles (to better mimic a real-life “survival” scenario).
Any student who is 6 or older in a Level 3, 4 or Gold Plus class will do all of the above, but will have additional time to practice rescues. Again, they will, be taught about the importance of seeking help from a grown up if they happen upon a distressed swimmer, but they will also learn some rescue skills that are appropriate to their age and swim ability. These rescues include tossing a life ring and safely pulling someone back in, tossing floatation devices to a victim, and how to safely perform a reaching assist with and without equipment.
Kids, parents and teachers alike LOVE our Summer Safety program. It’s a fun experience that also provides a good foundation for safer swimming over the summer months. We firmly believe that there is no greater safety measure than undistracted adult supervision, but by providing the tools and ideas discussed above, we hope we can prepare our students and parents for scenarios that they might encounter this summer. Be sure to pick up a copy of our Summer Safety brochure from your school’s Swimformation desk.