WHY LEARN TO SWIM?
USA Swimming promotes learn to swim as an introduction to the activity of swimming, but more importantly we believe all children need to learn to be safe in the water. Swim lessons can begin a lifelong the progression of aquatic activity.
This section introduces parents to Make a Splash, the water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation and links to providers who are partners in this effort.
Water Safety Education for Children Ages 1-4
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 in many places in the United States, including Broward County, Fla. To proactively attack this problem, the Broward County Drowning Prevention Task Force has initiated numerous programs and campaigns to raise awareness about drowning. One effort is to spread the need for water safety education. Research shows that children who learn water safety skills also reap benefits in overall cognitive, physical and emotional development…and it may also save their lives! However water safety education must be done correctly, following established skill upon skill development taught in a loving, fun and positively reinforced environment. The following article does not endorse any one method or provider. Rather it seeks to explain the benefits and the environments most conducive to child development.