Why Water Safety?

Jan 24, 2021 | 0 comments

Welcome to Mountain Wave Swimming! We are bringing a unique method of swim instruction to Southeastern Idaho because we believe that it is never too early to start preparing for safe, fun interactions with water. Babies, from the moment they are born, love the feeling of being held in warm water and most adults continue find time in the pool relaxing. Water has the ability to melt away stress, heal injuries, and provide physical exercise at any age. So why should we be worried?

While water is incredible, it can also be incredibly deadly. Every year 3,572 people in the US die from drowning and 945 of them are children. Additionally, for every child that drowns, 5 more are treated in the Emergency Room for near-drowning incidents.

Lessons, like those provided at Mountain Wave Swimming, that provide experience on how to react when you fall in the water, lower the risk of drowning from ages 1-4 by 88%. At Mount Wave Swimming we do everything we can to gently prepare children for unexpected water encounters. Not only do we teach them how to float, we guide them towards the skills of staying calm, kicking to the side of the pool, and getting themselves out of the water.

As children of all ages gain confidence, lessons develop into more than safety preparation, they become a lot of fun. Even the youngest kids who are learning to walk can begin kicking themselves through the water. Older children almost immediately begin mastering backstroke and working on skills necessary for front stroke. We truly believe that water should be a LOT of fun and want to work with you to help your child be safe and excited about swimming!

The AAP recommends swim lessons for all children, and their parents, as another layer of water safety. Recent studies suggest that water survival skills training and swim lessons can help reduce drowning risk for all children including those 1 to 4 years.

Deciding when to start should be based on a variety of individual factors, including how often your child may be around water, your child’s emotional maturity, physical and developmental abilities and limitations, interest in learning to swim, and how comfortable he or she is in the water.



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