American Academy of Pediatrics issues swim safety warning after kids fell behind on skills during the pandemic
MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey (WPVI) — Swimming safety organizations are sounding the alarm about an increased risk of drowning and are encouraging families to brush up on their swimming skills as most pandemic restrictions are lifted.
Swimming lessons were suspended for many families during the pandemic, so now swimming safety experts are concerned that some children are at risk of drowning as a result of missed lessons in the water.
At Goldfish Swim School in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, children not only have a good time, but, most importantly, they learn essential skills.
“I’m trying to catch up, and summer is coming soon,” said parent Brian Lampman.
Lampman said his 4-year-old daughter, Penny, has been working on her swimming skills since she was 6.
“We lost a lot of time with the pandemic so she could keep up with swimming and she was really close to a good level where she really learned to swim,” Lampman said.
“Every week she feels more comfortable and it’s very important for community safety because you never know,” said Marsha Giordano, one of Penny’s grandmothers.
Children from 4 months to 12 years old can receive lessons at Goldfish.
“Never too early. The sooner you get your kid in the pool, the better off they’ll be in the future,” said Korey Ream, general manager at Goldfish.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning families of an increased risk of drowning this summer as children fell behind in their skills during the pandemic.
Swimming lessons build muscle memory, especially if there is an emergency in the water.
Instructors said it’s important to keep your family updated on safety precautions this summer.
“Normally, when it comes to drowning, it’s usually a very quick and quiet scenario. Often an adult is there, they’re just not aware it’s happening because it’s not loud,” Ream said.
A few suggested skills to work on:
-Make sure your child can roll and float on his back in the water.
-Teach them to swim to the nearest wall if they fall into the pool.
-Use a US Coast Guard-approved flotation device that fits your child well.
-Teach them not to swim alone.
-Make sure someone is watching them and that the person is really paying attention.
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