Seal Swim School teaches swimming, safety, and survival in all of our classes. Water Safety education is an integral part of our program that strives to build happy, skilled, and safer swimmers while building self-esteem and creating a love of the water.
The Ring of Safety is the concept we use at Seal Swim School to prepare and educate children and adults about being safer in and around the water. All pieces of the Ring work together to create the most effective level of protection around the water.
88% of children drown in the presence of an adult and 23% of childhood drownings happen during family gatherings near a pool. Active supervision can reduce this percentage. We suggest that you identify an adult “Water Watcher” every time you are around water with children.
Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% for 1-4 year olds. A child is never too young (check out this video) or too old to learn water safety, survival, and swim skills.
CPR saves lives. Everyone in the household and anyone who is likely to supervise your child should know CPR with rescue breaths. Click here for a list of CPR classes in the Tampa Bay area.
Every pool should have a fence that is at least 4ft high, is non-climbable, has self-closing/self-latching gates, and surrounds the pool on all four sides – especially the side that separates the house from the pool.
Additional levels of protection include:
In Florida, it’s the law! Click here to learn more about Florida State’s Residential Swimming Pool Safety Act.
Drowning is silent. It is not how it appears in the movies where the victim is splashing around widely and screaming. Often a child silently slips below the water. It can happen in as little as 20-60 seconds.
Ms. Therese, the founder and owner of Seal Swim School, is very passionate about water safety. So much so that in 2006, she published the first edition of Swim Safer Little Seals — a children’s book about water safety. The book was so successful that a Spanish version was published in 2010.
This book is an integral part of the FREE Water Safety Education Program that Seal Swim School offers to preschools, elementary schools, hospitals, moms groups, and others in the Tampa Bay area.
To book your Water Safety Education presentation or to learn more about the program call 813-229-SWIM or email KatieR@sealswimschool.com.