A childhood hallmark of summer is enjoying cooling off in the water. Not only does water play beat the heat but offers a host of other benefits as well. As a physical activity, swimming is hard to beat. The water is forgiving, easy on joint development, and increases lung capacity. In the age of video games and electronically based entertainment, swimming and water play are huge wins for parents looking to get their kids away from “screens” for a while and get some good old-fashioned Vitamin D.
There’s no better time than the heat of the summer to refocus your commitment to water safety. With a reported 10 drowning deaths every single day, it’s imperative that we all do what we can to combat the risk. Particularly vulnerable to drowning are our children between one-to-four years of age. One of the most effective ways to reduce drowning risk is to participate in formal swimming lessons, especially for children and some other higher-risk populations, those with special needs.