There are many horrible stories in the news recently about kids, adults and aquatic safety. There are many facilities with inadequate safety equipment and training as well as many kids and adults without the ability to swim. I find it especially disturbing since I work with children at an aquatic facility and have small children of my own. I feel a huge weight in my heart and mind as I know that there are simple measures to reduce the risk of aquatic accidents.
Some kids love swim lessons and some don’t. My son spent his first year of lessons running away from the instructors. It was not an option in my mind however to stop the lessons. It is a life or death skill that he needed to master. I feel especially proud that after 3 years of lessons he and I are both confident in his ability. This does not mean that I am lax about watching him in the pool or by the lake, I am still very cautious that he is not out swimming his ability. I am just as cautious with the campers at our Summer Camp. I realize that these children are the sons and daughters of other cautious parents and I feel a huge responsibility to make sure they are safe in the water. Swim lessons and summer camp are a must. In service training and proper safety equipment are a must. Together we can eliminate the risk our kids take everyday and increase the safety and fun of our kids’ summer vacations.
Please make sure, as a parent, you do your homework! Check on the safety of you child’s swimming areas, choose a summer camp with built in swim lessons and always feel free to check in on your kids progress. Camp directors don’t mind, we love when parents are involved! Check out the link to the recent news story featuring Dedham Health & Athletic’ Summer Club and our fabulous MY FIRST CAMPERS in their daily swim lesson at camp!