Floaties accepts infants as early as three months of age. All students begin with basic water safety skills including learning how to back float. “Safety Circles” and “Crab Walks” are among the first life saving skills
taught. In these exercises students learn to swim back to the side of the pool, grab the edge, and use their arms to scoot to a safe place to climb out.
May marks the beginning of the summer swim season and is also National Drowning Prevention Month. Lessons during May brought a heightened awareness to water safety. Students were taught the proper techniques to safely retrieve toys from the edge of a pool and were encouraged to swim with their clothes on.
“A lot of times when accidents happen, kids are at the pool walking around with their clothes on,” said lead infant instructor Tracy Barajas. “They need to know how important it is to be prepared in any situation. If they ever fall in the pool, and don’t have their goggles or swim suit on, they will know exactly what to do.”
Learning to swim is the number one safety step advised by PoolSafely.gov. Floaties Swim Schools are indoor facilities with heated pools in East Lake and Poway. Classes are held year round with open enrollment.
PoolSafely.Gov Water Safety Steps:
Learn and Practice Water Safe Skills
- Learn to swim and make sure kids do too.
- Know how to perform CPR on children and adults.
- Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency.
Stay Close, Be Alert and Watch
- Always watch children and never leave them unattended.
- Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings.
- Have a charged phone close by at all times.
- If a child is missing, check the pool first.
- Share safety instructions with family, friends and neighbors.
Have the Appropriate Equipment
- Install a fence of at least four feet in height around the perimeter of pool.
- Use self-closing and self-latching gates.
- Ensure all pools and spas have compliant drain covers.
- Install an alarm on the door leading from the house to the pool.
- Keep pool and spa covers in working order.
- Have life saving equipment such as life rings or reaching poles
available for use.
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