US Swim School Association Provides Tips to Help Prevent Drowning During Water Safety Month in May

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Well Spring has come upon us and soon we will be entering into Summer. The kids will be ready to have some fun camping, traveling and of course swimming.

Today I want to share the US Swim School Association Provides Tips to Help Prevent Drowning During Water Safety Month in May.

Preeminent swim school organization advises parents to begin water safety with kids at 6 months

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are children under the age of four who drown in backyard swimming pools. The tragedy of these statistics is nearly all drowning deaths are preventable. To help educate children, parents, families and swim instructors on preventive measures to avoid a drowning incident, US Swim School Association (USSSA), the preeminent swim school organization in the country, has compiled the latest life-saving water safety and swim instruction tips for National Water Safety Month in May.

There are several standard water safety precautions recommended to parents including: keeping children under constant supervision, enrolling children in swimming lessons, knowing CPR, having pool fences and barriers installed. In addition to these vital steps, USSSA has created a list of tips parents can use to build extra layers of protection for their children around water.

Drowning Prevention & Water Safety Tips

• Create a verbal cue for your toddler or child that must be given by you before he or she can enter the pool.

• Never allow your baby/toddler in the pool without a swim diaper.

• Create a process the child must go through before entering a pool such as putting on a swim diaper, a swimsuit and applying sunscreen.

• Never use floatation devices or water wings when swimming or when teaching kids to swim.

• Children should learn to swim without goggles. Teach your children to open their eyes under water; if they fall in they can find the side of the pool or a step and get out safely.

• For very young children practice having them put their entire face under water in the bathtub and blow bubbles to build their comfort with water.

• Create a water safety plan for your family and have water emergency drills with your kids covering how to recognize the signs of someone struggling in water and what to do in this type of emergency.

• Make sure your guests and kids’ friends know your pool rules before they go outside and get in the pool.

• Start swim lessons at 6 months of age and continue them year-round at a US Swim School member location.

• Always make sure your children wear life jackets on boats, personal watercraft and in open bodies of water.

For more information on USSSA, details on becoming a member of the nation’s leading swim school organization, or to find a USSSA affiliated swim school near you, visit:


About US Swim School Association:

US Swim School Association (USSSA) began in 1988 to fill a gap in the swim school industry. USSSA has become the largest and preeminent swim school association in the country with over 400 members providing swim and water safety instruction to over 500,000 students each year. Swim schools receive invaluable benefits as USSSA members, receiving the latest training in water safety, swim instruction methods and tools, invitations to annual conferences, and many other benefits that help establish and build each individual business. Through USSSA, parents and students are provided with a reliable and trustworthy resource when searching for a swim school and can rest assured they have chosen a top school when they choose a USSSA affiliated location. For more information, visit




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6 thoughts on “US Swim School Association Provides Tips to Help Prevent Drowning During Water Safety Month in May

  • There was a lot of new information in there for me. I had no idea you weren’t supposed to let them use water wings. My son just turned 5 and we are starting him on swim lessons this summer. Good tips.

  • I never would have thought that you were not supposed to use water wings or a flotation device when teaching someone to swim or when swimming. These are some very helpful tips. My mom is almost 60 & has never learned to swim. It’s one of my main goals to teach all of my littles this skill at a young age.

  • Great tips! It is definitely a must to learn how to swim. There are way too many tragedies that could easily be prevented. Thank you for sharing these!

  • I worked as a life guard in high school and think swimming is so important!! It makes my heart sad when I meet adults who never learned

  • Those are some great tips! This summer we are getting my daughter swim lessons.

  • Learning to swim is very important here in Michigan. There are lakes everywhere and to me it’s the most important skill my kids learn.


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