Anyone who has studied martial arts can tell you that it’s about more than self-defense. It’s about building confidence and strength of character. And water safety is no different. It’s a discipline that builds confidence and character. And, like martial arts, it can help keep you and your kids safer.
But like any discipline, the earlier you teach it, the more it will ingrain into your children’s mind. So with a little research and preparation, you can arrange a presentation for your children and their friends, where a certified swim I instructor can teach them important safety information on how to behave around open water.
Where to Hold Your Presentation
You can contact your local parks and recreation department or the American Red Cross to find a certified swim instructor. They can help you organize a water safety presentation. Some places to hold a water safety presentation include:
- Your Child’s School: Voice your idea to your school’s Parent Teacher Organization to coordinate with them to introduce water safety knowledge to the students.
- Summer Camp or Day Program: Similarly, you can work with a local day program or summer camp to help organize a presentation.
- Your Neighborhood: Arrange a private presentation in your neighborhood if you live where there is a pool, pond, lake or the ocean nearby.
The Benefits of a Safe Swimming Program
The benefits of holding a local water safety program include the following:
- A water safety teacher can present the information, answer questions and interact with the class.
- The presentation can take place at the school or camp for the convenience of the students, their families, the school and the school teachers.
- Water safety presentations are age-appropriate. Also, they use props and storyboards to include the students in the lesson.
Teaching Water Smarts
It’s never too early to teach children the dangers of open water and the safe and responsible way to engage in water-related activities. The certified swim teacher will:
- Educate the students about the role a lifeguard plays and how they can help when necessary.
- Explain how to identify the risks of swimming and teach best-practices for open water activities.
- Instruct on what to do in a water emergency.
- Teach how to develop a plan to reduce the risk of an emergency happening.
The goal is to give children the opportunity to become safer through knowledge and preparedness. But building a safer community has to begin with early education. After all, the difference between safe decision-making and panic is planning and knowledge.