Aquatic Programs for Children 

Under 48 months of Age

Since 1992, thousands of children in the United States under 5 years of age have drowned.  An even greater number have nearly drowned and have been saddled with temporary to permanent injuries or disabilities. 

Children whose lives might have been saved if they had had aquatic instruction such as swim schools offer.

There are many oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, and other natural  bodies of water.  Private  swimming pools and spas are getting to be more and more common.

IT JUST MAKES SENSE TO TEACH INFANTS AND TODDLERS     AND OTHER YOUNG CHILDREN TO SWIM AS EARLY AS IS PRACTICALLY POSSIBLE . . . while also educating them in water safety and their parents and (other care-givers) in drowning prevention.

 

Words of Caution:

(1) Do not develop a false sense of security with regard to your: 

supervision

fences, alarms, covers & other barriers 

ability to administer CPR

and aquatic education programs

None of these are fool-proof . . . meaning that they are not 100% effective in keeping kids safe . . . EACH of these should be applied diligently and in tandem to achieve the greatest measure of safety for young children around water.  water safety

 

(2) Don't place young children into anything but the cleanest of water . . . to avoid a higher risk of infections.  Emersion in natural bodies of water should be avoided especially with infants and toddlers.  Natural bodies of water are not especially clean, in fact estimates place contamination at 20 to 40 % of sites.   Pools entered should be maintained to the highest of standards.  Water clarity should be impeccable.  pool care

 

(3) Toddlers and particularly infants should not be swallowing too much water (or ingesting the same by way of the nose) as part of their feeding or their recreational-educational water experiences.  Consult with your physician and aquatic education professional on this matter.  aquatic program guidelines

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