“More than one state saw a record number of drownings during the 2011 pool season, according to reports, and a recent survey indicates Americans’ ability to swim remains distressingly low. Now experts are looking at what more can be done to turn both those stats around. More than 1,500 were lost to drowning between May 1 and Aug. 26,” according to tracked media reports prepared by Mick Nelson of USA Swimming. Drowning is becoming an epidemic around the world and there is something we can do about it!
Each year at The Swim School-Shreveport, we conduct two safety months, once in the Spring and again in the Fall. We are now gearing up for Fall Jump Week 2011! During the two weeks prior to Jump Week, each teacher holds a “practice” session with their classes. The teachers explain what to do in case of an emergency in and around the water. Jump Week activities are specifically designed to be age and skill appropriate. At all levels, we address life jacket fitting and personal rescue techniques. With swimmer’s at higher skill levels, the activities will be more challenging.
During Jump Week, we ask our swimmers to dress in street clothes (including clean shoes) OVER their swim suits. They participate in real life scenarios, such as falling in the water fully clothed, and practice what to do in an emergency situation. This is extremely effective and will benefit all of your swimmers. Parents are also very impressed by what their swimmer has learned from their lessons.
Every group of swimmers participates in Jump Week. Aquababies and Baby & Me swimmers will not wear clothes over their swim suits, but will still practice vital safety skills in their classes. These young swimmers try on lifejackets and practice rolling over on their back to float.
After each swimmer has participated in Jump Week activities, they receive a water safety activity book and a ribbon that says, “I Jumped!”