As parents, we know that drowning is always a big concern, especially when thinking about our little ones. According to the CDC, it’s the leading cause of death for kids ages 1 to 4 years old. The good news is that swim lessons have been shown to decrease the chance of drowning!

As detailed in a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), formal swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by a whopping 88%!

And you know what’s even better? Starting them young! Introducing children to the water early on helps them get comfortable and confident around it, and helps them to build a love and respect for the water. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends starting children in swim lessons as young as one to really boost their water safety journey!

Swim lessons aren’t just about having fun in the water -Floating, treading water, and learning what to do if you fall in are- all invaluable life-saving skills our little fish will learn as they swim their way through lessons. At Goldfish, we know that kiddos learn best through guided play, so we let them focus on the fun while we focus on the serious stuff, like learning these crucial water safety skills, using our Science of SwimPlay® Curriculum. It’s not just about us keeping an eye on kiddos while they swim and play games – it’s about empowering our little ones with basic swim skills. That way, even when they’re being their unpredictable selves, we can feel a bit more at ease knowing they’ve got some golden water safety moves built up with repetition and muscle memory.

Did we mention the awesome health perks? Swimming is a fintastic full-body workout, promoting strength, coordination and overall fitness. Plus, it’s a chance for our kids to make new swim buddies and to learn some important social skills.

Enrolling your kiddos in swim lessons at Goldfish Swim School is a surefire way to equip them with the skills they need to be safer in and around water! The perpetual lessons model at Goldfish ensures that your little swimmers will never lose their progress, keeping them water-ready all year-round. With their growing confidence and proficiency, you’ll have one less thing to worry about during vacation prep!

Sadly, drowning incidents have been on the rise, but we know that drowning is preventable, and that requires action from everyone. Swim lessons are the key to turning the tide on this scary trend. Let’s dive into the pool of water safety education, so our kids can splash away happily and safely.

First, it’s important for our kiddos to know that if they fall into the water they should focus on turning back to the wall they jumped off of and swim back to it, instead of heading for the first wall they see. Another important skill is how to get out of the pool. We teach kiddos how to get out of the pool using the elbow, elbow, tummy, knee method. The next skill we teach is the wall hold and crab walk! These skills help our little ones build up their grip strength, making it easier to climb out of the water all on their own. Lastly, we teach your little swimmers to roll onto their backs and tread water so they are able to breathe if they were to ever fall in.

Remember, it’s a team effort! Together, we can make waves and help keep our kids safer in and around the water. So, dive into the golden opportunity of swim lessons at your local Goldfish Swim School and watch your little fish flourish in the water while staying safe and prepared!