May is National Water Safety Month and we are getting prepared to enroll Joel and Elle into our towns summer youth swimming program again. I love going to the pool and the beach even though I don’t really know how to swim. The ZAC Foundation’s vision is to create a generational change in how water safety is viewed by parents and their children and I want my children to learn how to swim or at the minimum just have basic water safety skills.
We enrolled Joel and Elle in swimming lessons last year with our town. He was 4 and she was 2. When I asked Elle if she wanted to take swimming lessons this year she was ecstatic and thought she was going swim right away. Now when I asked Joel about swimming lessons he couldn’t say “no” fast enough.
It was obvious last year that my munchkin Joel was very afraid of the water. Like deathly afraid. He took swimming lessons M-F for 4 weeks and every lesson was a struggle to get him into the water. We would spend every morning talking him up to actually go into the pool and we went so far as offering bribes of some of his favorite things like toys, candy, movies, and visiting places he loved as a reward like the museum or Chuck E Cheeses.
Don’t do that. Don’t look at me like that. You bribe your kids too! I did it with love, I wanted to motivate him to face his fears and get in the water. But every day he would only go down a few steps never actually getting into the pool. Towards the end of the month Joel was able to get into the pool and would let the instructors take him across the pool but only if he they held him closely to their chest in a tight monkey hold.
While Joel didn’t learn many of the swimming skills that the other kids were being taught he did make great strides. He went from going in to the very top step and holding the hand rail for dear life to trusting his instructors enough to let them take him across the pool.
So you can understand why he doesn’t want to go swimming anymore, but I really need your advise on something. Water safety is important and while he doesn’t want to take swimming lessons this summer do you think as his parents we should still enroll him anyways for his own good?
Water safety isn’t limited to just the pool, here is some information from the ZAC Foundation on Bath Safety.
Help Keep Others Safe By Sharing The A, B, C, D’s Of Water Safety
D is for Drains – Team all swimmers to stay away from all pool & spa drains
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