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This week’s splash: Water Watcher Tags
As swim instructors, managers, and owners, sometimes we get caught up in the focus of water safety as only in the water. However, it is important to remember that water safety can go much further than just the pool. There are many tools and facets that can be utilized in presenting water safety information to different audiences. The key in being successful in sharing your information is to know who your audience is.
Water Safety education does not begin nor end with the student, it is inclusive of the whole family. Through instilling the values and importance in the children, the children can help educate the parents and other family members. The Safer 3 is a foundation dedicated to a multi-layer approach to drowning prevention. The multi-layer approach includes, safer water, safer kids, and safer response, Click here to learn more “Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time of the drowning and 75% are missing from sight for five minutes or less” –National Center for Injury and Prevention Control. This video serves as an additional tool for parents and the importance of a water watcher. Advocating Water Safety Video
Water Watcher Tags are one of our favorite tools to use in educating children and adults about the power of supervision around water. Even though children are learning to swim they still need the watchful eye of a responsible adult anytime that are in or around a body of water. The water watcher tag is to be worn by a responsible adult while there are children in a body of water. This “water watcher” accepts the responsibilities for guarding the pool to protect children from drowning. They will not leave the pool area without a replacement at any time.
Now, how do we get the children involved? Simple, we have created a water watcher tag that children can color to take home and educate their family members. Through this the children are now giving their family the tools to reduce water incidents. For example, when a dentist visits the children at school, they express the importance of brushing and flossing; then what happens? The children come home and become the teacher. Through the children expressing their passion for what they just learned, the parents have become the student and are eager to learn.
While all water incidents are not 100% preventable, our swim schools can continue to reduce the risk of water incidents through swimming lessons and educational tools outside the pool to students and all family members.