Learning how to swim is very important for children of all ages in the South Florida area. Living in Florida, you are generally surrounded by water. The water should be an enjoyable feature, but if you are not properly educated or have the skills to safely ‘dive in’, then you will not be able to enjoy the water as much as you should.
South Florida has several initiatives that assist families in ensuring that children and all family members know how to safely swim. The Miami Herald recently reported that, through SWIM Central, Broward’s coordinating agency for water-safety instruction and awareness since 1999, nearly 500,000 children have learned to swim. The program, which is funded by Broward’s Children Services Council, the Broward administration and the Broward County Schools, allows nearly 25,000 children — mainly 5- and 6-year-olds — to get 10-day swim sessions during the school year. Jay Sanford, the senior program coordinator for SWIM Central, said the mission of the program is to give every child access to water safety. “Drowning is a universal problem and it need a universal solution,” he said.
Families are being encouraged to sign up for lessons in all counties. There are several options, just depending on what you are looking for. Children can enjoy private lessons, group lessons or even free lessons. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nationally, children aged 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. Drowning accounts for one third of the unintentional injury deaths suffered in that age group, and most of those drownings occur in home swimming pools. Let’s help to do our best and make sure that we lower this statistic every year. Share any tips you have for swimming lessons in the comments below. Safe swimming, Florida!
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article78025172.html#storylink=cpy