Spring has sprung! April showers are going to bring May flowers and summer swimming before we know it. We’re so excited for warmer weather, spending more time outside, and what we’ve been waiting months for – vacation! Though we may be a little biased, we think the best kinds of vacations are spent enjoying the water (safely, of course!) and practicing our favorite swim skills someplace new. Curiosity got the best of us,  and we went searching to see if other families and parents were just as excited about a water-focused vacation. Turns out, they are, and we’re ready to dive into vacation water safety!

Whether you're heading to the beach or out on the boat, water safety should always be top-of-mind!

2024 is sure to be a big year for hitting the water, as a whopping 36% of travelers look for vacations that are tropical and water-focused – music to our ears! With top travel destinations like Orlando, Miami and even Honolulu, we can’t wait to see all of the great vacation photo-ops that come across our timelines as kiddos take their swim skills outside their local Goldfish.

With these warm, tropical destinations, 44% of travelers are taking to short-term rentals for the extra space and amenities (like a pool or beach access!). Talk about a totally fintastic getaway! At these short-term rentals, it’s important to keep water safety tips in mind to make sure you and your kiddos are totally prepared. Lots of these rentals don’t have pool rules posted, so remember to go over a few important things with kids as you arrive like – never swim alone, wear a coast-guard approved life jacket and always lock the door from the house to the pool area when you come inside. Locking doors leading to the pool creates a barrier to protect kids from going out and getting into the water without you! 

It’s no surprise that lots of vacation-bound families are looking to spend their time by the water, but what did take us by surprise is that their planning time is getting shorter and shorter. Recent studies show that many travelers are looking for flights just one month before they head out! While we absolutely love the spontaneity, we know that that doesn’t leave much time to prepare kiddos with the skills they need to be as safe as can be before they head off to the ocean, lake or pool.

Know before you go! Enroll your child in swim lessons to give them the tools they need to be safer in and around the water before your vacation hits the calendar.

Unfortunately, drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, which means it’s on us as parents to make sure our little ones have the skills they need to be safer in and around the water. At Goldfish Swim School, providing kiddos with those water safety skills, and lots of great life skills, is our bread and butter! Swim lessons are found to reduce the risk of drowning by up to 88%, and getting your kiddo into swim lessons now means giving them the opportunity to brush up on their water safety knowledge, make finomenal progress and master their swim skills before you head out on vacation later this year.

Jump Start Clinics are the perfect program to give your child an extra boost of confidence while they make waves of progress!

You can even grab an extra month of progress in just one week by signing your swimmer up for a Jump Start Clinic! Jump Starts are perfect for swimmers that could use a little extra practice or want to sharpen their skills before putting them to the test outside of Goldfish – like on a vacation! 

If you don’t have a family getaway on the calendar for this spring or summer, don’t worry! Find your nearest Goldfish Swim School location for your very own tropical vacay – every single week!