This past weekend we attended Water Safety day at Goldfish Swim School and I’d like to share a little about what we learned as well as what Emily’s doing in swim lessons!
Have you seen that funny meme floating around the web that says something like “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!” I always smile a little when I see it, don’t you? I’ve adapted that phase for myself to read “I’m not a regular mom, I’m a mom who worries!” Read on about how Goldfish Swim School is helping ease my worries in regards to water safety!
The other day my husband and I were going for a walk with Emily and we saw a little girl on a training bicycle. Emily immediately pointed and said “bike, bike!” I told her that someday she would get to ride a big-girl bike, just like that one!
Then I turned to my husband and said, “but she’ll have a helmet, elbow guards, knee pads and a face mask!” When he started to roll is his eyes, I added “just joking!” but I was totally serious. Keeping Emily safe is always on my mind as I’m sure it is for most parents.
At two years old, it seems like Emily is always a minute away from potential danger. She jumps on the couch, climbs on our bar stools and wants to go down our flight of 13 stairs by herself. I feel like the most used phrase in my vocabulary right now is “be careful!!”
However, the one area I feel more confident in as our swim lessons progress is water safety. Emily’s been taking lessons at Goldfish Swim School for almost three months now. It’s truly amazing for me to see how much progress she’s made in such a short amount of time.
Right now in her Mini 3 class Emily’s learning all about water safety. One skill they practice is what to do should they fall into a pool near the edge. The children sit along the edge of the pool and one by one, their teacher picks them up, brings them into the water and slightly dunks them under. The children then practice turning around, grabbing the pool edge and use their hands to scoot along the wall over to the shallow section and safety.
I know this skill is sticking with her because I caught her practicing the other day, while I watching her on the baby monitor. She had woken up from her nap and I noticed she was hanging onto the edge of her crib, with her knees on the mattress and was moving her hands along the edge of the crib, just as she practiced in her swim lessons. Talk about a proud mama moment 🙂
Even though Emily’s progressing quickly in class, I’m still ever vigilant when it comes to water safety. Remember, it’s important to think about water safety at home as well as at the pool. One may not think about this, but I’m glad Goldfish Swim School focuses on this aspect of water safety too!
Here are some additional water safety tips from Safety Day:
- Drain the water from the tub as soon as bath time is over
- Do not leave water in buckets, containers or baby pools once finished and store them upside down
- Keep toilet lids closed and use locks on them
- Keep the doors to the bathroom and laundry room closed
- Never leave a child unattended in a tub or other body of water, even if they are older, know how to swim or has an older friend/sibling nearby
- Always stay within an arms length of your child near any body of water (pool, bucket, toilet, etc.)
Such great advice on how to stay safe at home, don’t you think? If you’re looking for more information about safety around the pool, this article from Goldfish is a great read for those who will be spending lots of time around the pool in the coming summer months!
Do you have a water safety tip or piece of advice? If so, I’d love to hear it!
Disclaimer: We have received swim lessons in exchange for sharing our experience with Goldfish Swim School. As always, all opinions are my own.