Earlier this year, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned about the increased threat of childhood drowning due to the pandemic—with states like Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio and Michigan all reporting increases in the number of drowning-related accidents.
With drowning rates on the rise, our mission of helping children be safer in and around the water has never been more important.
Although we weren’t able to be in the pool with our students for several months, we didn’t let COVID-19 stop us from sharing the important message of drowning prevention. Instead, we focused on virtual ways to bring our community together and educate families about water safety.
We are proud to have been able to reopen all of our pools as of August, Safer. Stronger. Together.™ Now, we must keep our doors open to continue providing children with essential lifesaving swim skills.
Even with summer behind us and winter on the horizon, swim lessons and water safety are still more important than ever.
Drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause of injury-related death for kids 5-14. These drownings are not inclusive to pools, lakes and rivers. Children can drown in as little as two inches of water - making ditches, bathtubs and toilets a safety risk as we continue to spend more time at home, likely distracted by conference calls and daily household chores.
DROWNING DOESN’T STOP FOR A PANDEMIC & NEITHER SHOULD LIFESAVING SWIM LESSONS
With the ability to reduce the rate of drowning by up to 88%, access to swim lessons are essential to saving lives! That’s why we’ve joined forces with the USA Swimming Aquatics Coalition to educate public officials about the profound impact swimming lessons can have when it comes to drowning prevention and help purpose-driven aquatics facilities advocate for ‘essential’ status.
According to the CDC, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread in a properly maintained pool. And, with the ability to provide a controlled learning environment, swim schools have the ability to safely operate in compliance with public health requirements and provide children with lifesaving skills.
JOIN THE FIGHT TO KEEP CHILDREN SAFER IN AND AROUND THE WATER
Drowning IS preventable! Help us make a positive difference and reduce the number of childhood drownings.
Join us in the fight to keep children safer in & around the water. Sign the petition to keep swim schools open.
Through awareness and education, we can all do our part to change the staggering statistics surrounding drowning and create a safer future for our families and communities.
HERE’S TO STAYING SAFER. STRONGER. TOGETHER.™
The last several months have been a challenge. But together — through separation — we remained strong. As the world begins to dip its toes into the new normal and safely return to daily routines, we’re committed to staying Safer. Stronger. Together.™
We’re glad to be back in the pool doing what we love, and watching swimmers experience first-hand the life lessons that are learned through swimming...lessons like how to be resilient. Because at Goldfish, we don’t just teach kids how to swim, we show them how to dive into life with confidence! Our award-winning tropical environment and shiver-free pools simply provide the fun backdrop where kids do some serious growing and learning.
Creating a safe, fun and welcoming environment for children to learn and grow has always been, and continues to be, our number one priority. Contact your local Goldfish Swim School to learn more about our approach to educating children and families on the importance of water safety while building valuable life skills in a safe and responsible manner.