Recently the boys turned six and five years-old, and at their annual physical the doctor asked a series of questions including if they could swim. The answer was NO, although they are comfortable in the water (with floats) I had not taken on the challenge to either teach them myself or get them lessons. So here I am now preparing my children for summer and life with swimming lessons. Several of my friends had their babies in swimming classes early on, but the complications of two babies/toddlers and one mommy just wouldn’t work for us. So I eased the stress of being in the pool with two little ones by putting a band-aid on it or more accurately a float on it. Now that the boys are older and quite frankly a little too big to be in Puddle Jumpers any longer it’s time to bite the bullet and get swimming lessons.
After leaving the doctor’s office I immediately went into research mode to find the most affordable swim lessons in our area. If you are budget conscious like myself I found that county Aquatic Centers and the Red Cross have the best prices for swim lessons. Prices averaged from $60-$80 per child for six to eight classes.
If you are wavering on whether or not to get your little ones swim lessons her are a few facts that have me spending an hour every Mondays and Wednesday for the next six weeks poolside.
Children between the ages of 1 to 3 represented 67 percent of reported fatalities and 64 percent of injuries, most at residential settings
African American children between the ages of 5 and 19 drown in pools at rates five times that of white and Hispanic children that age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data from USA Swimming indicates that 70 percent of African American children and 62 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, making them more likely to drown.
I am convinced learning how to swim saves lives so make teaching your little one how to swim a priority today! Swim lessons are available year round.
Have you or someone you love nearly drowned? Shockingly the answer is “Yes” for 4 out of 10 people.