National Drowning Prevention Month – What You Can Do to Get Involved

Get Involved in Supporting National Drowning Prevention Month
– by Tiffany Troyer, Nitro Swim School Manager

 

Nitro Swim School Drowning Prevention May 2012As our families and swimmers head into the busiest pool season of the year, we here at Nitro Swimming support May as National Drowning Prevention Month. We’re going to be spending some extra time in the next few weeks with all stations about the importance of water safety — but we can’t do it alone, we need your help.

Swimmers, who are comfortable and confident in our pool, don’t typically see any harm or potential threat from water environments. If you go to your neighborhood pool, friends’ houses, or especially if you have a pool at home — here are a couple tips to help your swimmers be more safe:
  • Identify Potential Risks
    • Help survey the environment
      • Shallow vs. deep water
      • Safe entry/exit areas
      • Lifeguard location
  • Review Safety— Before playtime can start, have your swimmer(s) show you their safety skills:
    • Safely enter/exit the pool
    • Survival float — jump in and roll over onto their back to float
    • Treading Water
    • Jump + Recover to the wall 
  • Nitro Swim School Water Watcher CardAssign a “Water Watcher”— A responsible person should always be watching active swimmers in the water.
    • We have “Water Watcher” wristlets available at our front desk — please pick one up to keep in your pool bag this summer!