Often times, kids who accidentally fall into pools are wearing their clothes and aren't used to the feeling of being weighed down in the water.
A valley swim school is preparing kids by conducting a class where the swimmers jump into the water fully clothed and learn what to do in case of an emergency.
Aqua-Tots Swim School in Peoria hopes the class will build swimmers' confidence in case of a water related accident.
The class is offered quarterly, and the next one is during the week of March 4th.
The school's four steps they use in the class:
Step 1: Enter the water fully clothed
- For older children: Let them jump in and swim to the side
Step 2: Back float and pool exits fully clothed
- Have each child do a resting back float in the water and call for help
-Have each child jump in the water from the deck, roll-over rest, breathe call for help then flip over to continue swimming towards safety (in this case the wall), and climb out
Step 3: "Unexpected Fall"
- Have each child demonstrate that they can recover to a relaxed back float after having fallen off of an overturned raft/big mat or toppled over head first in the pool. Be gentle with the younger kids because it will be scary at first, but soon new confidence will develop.
Step 4: Take off the wet clothes & Review
Safety Tips to Reinforce with Children of all ages:
-Never run on pool deck
-Never go swimming along
-Never enter the water to save another child or to retrieve an object from the pool
-If they do unexpectedly fall into the pool don't panic, relax to back float and call for help.
Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
21505 N. 78th Ave. B-115
Peoria, AZ 85382