Summer will be here before we know it and that means trips to beaches and waterparks. We all enjoy some fun in the sun but we want to be safe too. For Water Safety Awareness Month Goldfish Swim School is hosting FREE water safety events at multiple locations on May 18th.
It’s scary to think about, but drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death in children ages 1 to 4 years and ages 10 to 14 years. The good news is there are steps you can take to prepare your kids to be careful in and around water (it’s also a convenient acronym).
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 are the best way to ensure you and your family stay safe and has the most fun while in the water.
E – Educate. Learn Swim Safety 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 – Respect and Follow the Rules. Pay attention to posted rules and signage — listen to lifeguards, parents, and coaches. The rules and adults in charge are there to keep everyone safe!
You can help share this important information AND win a year of FREE swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School when you take a selfie of yourself, your kid, your family discussing water safety, or someone you know in action in the pool with the hashtag #WaterSafetyGSS to enter.
FREE Water Safety Day Events at Goldfish Swim School
- Canton – Saturday, May 18th @ 2:00 p.m.
- Clarkston – Saturday, May 18th @ 3:00 p.m.
- Macomb – Saturday, May 18th @ 4:00 p.m.
- Rochester – Saturday, May 18th @ 4:00 p.m.
- Farmington Hills – Saturday, May 18th @ 4:30 p.m.
Goldfish Swim School has multiple locations across metro Detroit that offer swim classes, swim meets, family nights and birthday parties!
About Carrie Budzinski
Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..