The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer and summer is just around the corner!
Whether your idea of fun in the sun involves running through the sprinkler, swimming at the pool, planning a day trip to the beach or taking the boat out for a spin, one thing is certain: summer and swimming go hand-in-hand, and we want everyone to know how to be safer in and around water.
So, in celebration of National Water Safety Month, we’re challenging every member of our Goldfish Family to take our Safer Swimmer Pledge as a way to gear up, give back and save lives this summer.
YOUR SAFER SUMMER STARTS NOW: HERE'S HOW TO TAKE THE PLEDGE!
One minute is all you need to take the pledge to make sure your family is safer around water this summer! So, swim over to our Safer Swimmer Pledge and fill out the form to add your name to the growing list of water safety champions who have already taken the pledge and shared their “water safety why”.
When you do, you’ll automatically be entered for the chance to win a YEAR OF FREE SWIM LESSONS at Goldfish Swim School, and we’ll donate a dollar to the USA Swimming Foundation on your behalf, to help provide even more children across the country with the opportunity to learn how to swim!
You’ll also unlock a special discount code from our friends at Speedo for 25% off swim gear at www.speedousa.com, where 10% of every purchase will also be donated to the USA Swimming Foundation.
“For over 90 years, Speedo has continued to push the boundaries of innovation as the leading swimwear brand. This May, Speedo is proud to continue this tradition by partnering with Goldfish Swim School to present the Safer Swimmer Pledge and highlight the importance of learning to swim,” said Cullen Jones, Philanthropy Sales Manager – Speedo. “Swimming is not only a fantastic sport we rally behind as a nation, it is a life skill, and WE at Speedo believe it is a fundamental right for all.
But the fun doesn’t stop there!
ADDITIONAL PERKS YOU'LL RECEIVE WHEN YOU TAKE THE PLEDGE
Once you submit your pledge, you’ll also get access to a downloadable activity packet designed to help make learning about water safety fun for your little one. We’ve even included a special pledge page just for them! Have fun decorating it at home, and bring it to your closest Goldfish Swim School to earn a Safer Swimmer Pledge Badge and the chance to win more prizes at participating locations!
Don’t forget to share a photo or video of your family taking the pledge on social media using #SaferSwimmerPledge for the chance to win one of our weekly Water Safety Prize Packs! One lucky winner will be announced each week, so be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Instagram to get in on all the fun.
HELP US MAKE WAVES FOR WATER SAFETY: CHALLENGE YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY TO TAKE THE PLEDGE
Even World Champion Swimmer Ryan Murphy took a break from training for the Olympic Trials to take the pledge. As a vocal advocate for water safety, and a brand ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation and Goldfish Swim School, he challenges everyone to take the pledge, stating:
“Even as I gear up for the Games, my passion lies in spreading the important message of water safety. I have a deep love for the sport of swimming, but sadly drowning remains the number one cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages one to four. With this campaign, it’s my hope more and more families will prioritize water safety. Getting swim lessons at a young age can have such a positive effect on kids and their ability to feel comfortable in and around the water, while also giving parents peace of mind at the pool or beach – and who knows, it might even spark a love of the sport, too.”
WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT WATER SAFETY & DROWNING PREVENTION
We started Goldfish Swim School with the mission to help children be safer in and around the water, and even during these unprecedented times, drowning prevention remains a top priority of ours.
Although the world may look a little different, childhood drownings have sadly been on the rise. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently issued a formal warning of the increased threat of drowning due to implications brought on by the pandemic. Many children have been out of swim lessons for some time, making it critical to brush up on water safety tips before they dip their toes in the water and get back in the swim of things this summer.
“Drowning can happen anywhere at any time, to anyone, and with this pandemic-gap in swim lessons, there’s greater risk,” said Dr. Molly O'Shea of Birmingham Pediatrics + Wellness Center and official pediatrician of Goldfish Swim School. “As a pediatrician, it is so important to promote family conversations about water safety, drowning prevention and the value of swim lessons, because they have the ability to help reduce the risk of childhood drownings by 88%. Goldfish Swim School’s Safer Swimmer Pledge is a tremendous way to bring greater attention to the importance of water safety as a family.”
YOUR SAFER SUMMER STARTS NOW!
What’s your “water safety why”? Maybe you recently installed a pool or plan on spending a lot of time at the beach this summer… or perhaps you had some scary experiences around water yourself as a kid. Whatever your reason, we’re here to help ensure your family is prepared for all the water adventures that await so you can safely enjoy life’s golden moments this summer.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating National Water Safety Month, and use this opportunity to teach your kids about the importance of water safety. There’s SO MUCH we can do to all be safer this summer - taking this pledge is just the start of it!
Should you have any questions about water safety or swim lessons at Goldfish, we’re always here for you! With more than 100 locations across North America, we’re on a mission to help more children learn to be safer in and around the water and help your family get swim ready for summer, today! Want to make waves, give back and save even more lives? Donate to the USA Swimming Foundation here!