Childhood drowning deaths are up 70% this year, thanks to quarantine and Covid. Florida leads the country in drowning deaths of children aged 1-4. Sadly, children this age are most at risk of drowning in their own home pool. Even more susceptible to drowning are special needs children. Those are terrifying and heart-breaking statistics. Each time I hear of a child drowning, my heart hurts because I know it could easily happen. Swim lessons and proper supervision are the best way to prevent your child from becoming a statistic.
Not all swim schools are equal.
When my oldest was a toddler, we started looking for swim classes. We had a pool and I was terrified of what could happen. We went to a local swim school and they told us to ‘just let go and let her swim to the edge.’ I was shocked there was so little safety put into place. We then tried out swim lessons at another local swim school and while learning to monkey walk (hands on the edge of the pool while holding on) my daughter slipped and went under the water. And this was in a swim class with one swim instructor and four other kids! Luckily, after what seemed like forever, she was scooped up. Our swim lesson adventures started off very nerve-wracking for me, and I lost confidence in chain run swim schools.
Special needs kids often make the news for escaping and being found in bodies of water. I knew I needed my autistic son to learn to swim, despite my reserve about the local swim schools. We live in the country and we don’t have an HOA to say pools need cages or ponds need anything to keep kids out of them. When my son went missing three years ago, drowning was my biggest fear. Teaching special needs kids to swim isn’t something every swim school can do. Many factors play a large part in teaching special needs kids, and the child’s comfort level is one of them.
Instaswim will come to your home or your community pool to teach children of all abilities how to swim! Adult swim lessons are also available because it is never too late to learn how to swim. InstaSwim believes that private swim lessons in your own home or community pool will cut the learning time by half while producing the best results because you are in your own private setting where you feel most comfortable.
Registration is super easy. You can pick the swim instructor you feel most comfortable with and you don’t pay until you are scheduled with an instructor who best fits your family’s needs and your schedule. InstaSwim’s private swim lessons are thirty minutes or one hour depending on what works best for your child (or children) to learn and what fits your budget.
InstaSwim also offers Lifeguard Services in the local Tampa Bay area. Drowning can happen so quickly, even when a pool is surrounded by loving parents. It is quiet and quick and often hard to spot. Next time you have a pool party, check out InstaSwim’s lifeguards for that total piece of mind that everyone will be safe.
For more information or to sign up for private swim lessons, visit InstaSwim’s website. You won’t be sorry.