May Blog: Layers of Safety (Water Safety Month)

Hello and happy Water Safety Month Floaties Family! I’m so excited to have you back for another monthly discussion. This month, we are focusing on the Layers of Safety 

Safety is our top focus at Floaties. Without safety in mind, successful swimming cannot be achieved. At every stage of our progression line, there is safety imbedded into your child’s lesson. I’ll be going over some safety exercises that our instructors practice with your kids on a daily basis. 

  1. “Ready Swim” 

The first safety drill that we introduce to every child is our “Ready Swim” command. This verbal command is used at every stage of our learn-to-swim process. By using this phrase every time a child is about to do anything water/swim related, we are training them to act only when given permission to do so, preventing accidents from happening and increasing their awareness of safety. We encourage parents to use this same technique when they are swimming with their child outside of Floaties (and also during bath time) to continue to keep their child safe at home. 

       2. Climbing out of the pool 

Entering and exiting the pool can become unsafe if not done properly or carefully. This is why we also have a verbal command to encourage your child to exit the pool in a safe, controlled manner. “Elbow, elbow, tummy, knee, knee” is what we say to make sure that they climb out of the pool safely and accurately. This phrase describes the areas of the body that are being used to properly pull themselves out. By saying it repeatedly (just like our “ready swim” command), it guarantees that every child climbs out of the pool correctly.  

       3. Back float 

Back floats are another great safety drill that we practice at all stages of your child’s progression. It’s a great skill to have because it conserves energy. A fatigued swimmer can rest if they know how to float on their back (“swim, float, swim”). It can also be a very calming, relaxing skill to use any time in the water.  

       4. Back float, roll, and swim 

In similarity to the “swim, float, swim” mentioned above, we also have each swimmer practice a “back float, roll, and swim”. The child begins in a calm float on their back, and when the instructor gives the “ready swim” command, the child rolls onto their front and swims calmly to the wall or bench. 

       5. Safety Circles 

Safety circles are my personal favorite safety drill because it’s a skill that combines both in-water and out-water safety awareness. The student will start on the bench or wall and swim around their instructor, toward the bench or wall on the other side. Over time, this is a skill your child will use whenever they accidentally slip, fall or are unexpectedly pushed into the pool without preparation. This skill gives them the ability to immediately swim back to the “safe spot”. Practicing this skill also limits the panic that anyone experiences when they are unexpectedly submerged.  

      6. Toss and swim 

When the child becomes more advanced at safety circles in the shallow end, we then progress to having them practice in the deep end at the edge. The student is gently pushed into the pool by the instructor in a controlled manner. This is meant to simulate a child accidentally falling, slipping or being pushed into a pool. The child then carefully performs a safety circle back to the wall to pull themselves back to safety. 

      7. Jumps  

Last but not least on our list of safety drill exercises is the kids’ favorite across the board, jumps! At Floaties, we do not jump head first into the pool. We have each child stand at the side of the pool deck with their toes on the edge. Touching their toes with their hands, we teach them to jump outward while keeping their heads down. This position is very important because by bending down to touch their toes, it directs their body slightly forward, guiding them to jump outward, away from the wall, preventing slips and collisions with the wall. They must also always wait for the instructor to say “ready jump” which over time, teaches them to wait for the area to be clear of others before jumping into the water. 

With continued practice, children will develop great safety habits that will stick with them for life. I hope you’ve enjoyed this insight into your child’s daily safety exercises here at Floaties! Tune in next month for another fascinating topic: How kids who take swim lessons learn how to read, write and walk sooner.

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