Why I'm teaching my son how to swim and National Drowning Prevention Month Tips

Last year I wrote an article for BabyCenter titled "Why more African American kids need to learn how to swim". In that article I shared the startling statics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that African-American children aged 5 to 14 are 3.1 times more likely to drown.

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In that same article, I also shared that I don't want my son to become one of those statics. I've already introduced him to the local pool and he enjoys being in the water. Soon his swimming lessons will be kicked into gear. It's my goal that my son learns, not just how to swim but how to swim well.

Has your child started learning how to swim? Knowing even the basics of swimming can save your child from drowning. Especially during the month of May

The month of May is often associated with the beginning of the summer season and the warmer weather brings large numbers of people to the water; backyard pools, beaches, waterfronts and public aquatic facilities. Unfortunately, the month of May also signals an increase in drowning tragedies across our nation.

D&D Technologies is proud to support the National Drowning Prevention Alliance's (NDPA) campaign to promote May as "National Drowning Prevention Month," in a collaborative effort across the country, with other organizations involved in water safety, drowning prevention, aquatic safety, and recreational activities.

During the month of May, D&D is reaching out to the public to create awareness of their role in water safety by taking the Simple Steps to Save Lives pledge, which encourages people to talk to their friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and others that adding as many water safety steps as possible is the best way to assure a safe fun experience at pools and spas, because you never know which one might save a child's life – until it does.

Take the pledge at: http://ddtechglobal.com/pledge

Drowning Prevention Begins with Layers of protection:
  • ALWAYS know where children are. Never leave a child unattended in or near water in a pool, tub, lake, river, canal or ocean, even when lifeguards are present.
  • ALWAYS be aware of potential dangers in all environments, such as when away from home. Never leave your child in an environment with unprotected water hazards.
  • Install "isolation fencing" which completely separates the pool or spa area from the house or other structures. An isolation fence restricts unauthorized access from neighbors' yards, other nearby buildings, and from inside the house. Isolation fencing is the preferred configuration for pool and spa protection.
  • Gates should open away from the pool and have self-closing hinges, and should never be propped open. Check and adjust your gate regularly to make sure it operates correctly.
  • The gate latch should be out of the reach of children, at least 54" from the ground. Use a locking latch, and keep it locked when pool is not in use. Store the key out of children's reached and make sure all adults know where the key is kept.
  • Keep anything that can be climbed, such as chairs, tables, storage bins, playground equipment, ice chests, etc. inside the fence area.All fences must be non-climbable, meet all applicable local safety codes, and should be at least 60" tall, with vertical bars set close to one another so that a small child cannot squeeze through.
  • All doors providing direct access from the home to the swimming pool should be equipped with a self-closing, self latching device with a release mechanism placed no lower than 54 inches above the floor.

Rust-free, pool safety gate hardware by D&D Technologies are now available under the Stanley or National Hardware brand through select Lowe's stores, Lowes online, and through other hardware retailers. The hinges and latches are simple to install and most models offer vertical and horizontal adjustment to correct gate misalignment caused by ground movement, children swinging on gates, or other factors.

To learn more visit - www.ddtechglobal.com

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing drowning for all age groups in all bodies of water through public education, advocacy and strategic partnerships.

To learn more visit www.NDPA.org

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  1. Good for you!! I dont swim which is insane and I have taken lessons over the years. My daughter has been taking lessons since she was 6 months old and can do laps. It was my goal like you that she not be a statistic.

  2. That is really good you are making sure he learns to swim. I plan to get my little guy some lessons this summer and thankfully, he LOVES the water!