Do you know that after birth defect, drowning is the leading cause of death for children between 1-4. Water safety is important for all ages, but especially for toddlers. Young children can drown in as little as an inch or two of water, and it can happen within seconds, and quietly too. Water safety impacts EVERY FAMILY. All kids need to have the skills to be safe around water. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised their drowning prevention guidelines and now recommend starting children in swim lessons earlier than previously suggested.
On this episode, I sat down with Katie Lee, the first franchise owner of Goldfish Swim School who now owns 9 locations across the United States. Goldfish Swim School started in Michigan and now operates in 90 locations across the United States and Canada. One of the many reasons we partnered with Goldfish Swim School this month was to bring awareness to water safety because as a mother, this is super important to me, and we approach the summer months and you are getting ready to take the kids to the pool, beach or any other water bodies, I want you to put the safety of your babies first and that starts by teaching them a lifelong skill that can preserve their lives and health for years to come.
Katie and I not only talked about her past life working with IBM, marring Tommy Lee (not kidding), and how she gets so much done with help of course. Tune in to find out how and learn more about how water safety impacts EVERY FAMILY below.
W. "Wear a life jacket" - Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are created as water toys, not life-saving devices. U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets can be worn while swimming or boating to keep you safe.
A. Act."Throw but don't go!" - If you see someone in trouble in the water, throw an item for them to grab onto but NEVER jump in yourself -- you could be putting both of you in danger!
T. Take Swim Lessons. "Swim lessons keep me safe" - Swim lessons are the best way to ensure you and your family stays safe and has the most fun while in the water.
E. Educate. "I’m up to speed on my swim skills" - Key to swim safety is knowing essential skills like treading water and rolling over to float and catch a breath. With education about swim safety, you’ll be prepared if something unexpected happens.
R. Follow the Rules. "I respect the rules!" - Pay attention to posted rules and signage -- listen to lifeguards, parents, coaches -- the rules, and adults in charge are there to keep everyone safe!
Through the end of May, anyone who snaps a W.A.T.E.R. safety selfie and uses the hashtag #WaterSafetyGSS will be entered to win a year of complimentary swim lessons, courtesy of Goldfish. For a list of Goldfish locations near you, please visit: www.goldfishswimschool.com.