This post written in partnership with Goldfish Swim School, all opinions are my own.
I am that mom at the pool. The one who’s kid wears a life jacket even though she can touch. I am the mom who won’t turn her back on her kids swimming and obsessively checks on them, no matter how old. I am that mom who makes her kids join swim team as soon as they can do a legal stroke. And I am that mom who gets upset at her kids for over the top rough-housing in the pool.
And I have no intention of changing.
Yesterday a 6 year old boy drowned in the community next to us. Lifeguards were on duty and other people were at the pool. They searched for him for a long time and he drowned right in front of people but no one saw it. Water is dangerous, water safety is important! Lifeguards can only do so much but it is the parents job to keep their child safe!
I am at the pool most days in the summer and I see behavior on a regular basis that terrifies me. The lack of respect for the danger water represents is baffling. I see unattended toddlers in baby pools and I see kids who can barely swim out too deep. I will be that overprotective, hovering mom at the pool until my kids have spent a summer on swim team and I know they are a strong swimmer.
Goldfish Swim School is the reason that my 5 year old will be joining swim team a full 2 years ahead of either of her older sisters. The focus on water safety and swimming skills is amazing, and the technique works. My 5 year old can tread water for 30 seconds and then float on her back. That is a necessary life saving water skill! My 3 year old knows how to climb out of the side of a pool and how to react if she falls in without goggles, these are skills that will avoid tragedy.
If your child is not a strong swimmer then why not? Even if you do not regularly go to a pool chances are your child will be around water at some point and you want them to be safe.
Goldfish Swim School has addressed the 6 important water safety questions every parent should ask, check it out HERE.
Do not let your story end in tragedy, sign your child up for swim lessons now. Be proactive and keep you kids safe around water!