Preparing for Pool Days and Celebrating International Learn to Swim Day

This post was sponsored by SwimWays as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


My family lives in water all summer long so learning to swim and water safety is a TOP priority to instill in my children. I want them to love the water as much as my husband and I do, so we have worked consistently on making them feel comfortable around the water while ensuring safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14. Preparing for pool days includes a refresher on pool safety.

Pool Safety Tips for Children


Because we are constantly at the pool all summer long, I wanted to share some important pool safety tips in honor of the upcoming International Learn to Swim Day. These are tips that even long time pool owners may need a refresher on! There is nothing wrong with staying up to date on safety.

Pool Safety Tips:

1. Never Leave Children Unattended Around a Pool. Something can happen. Children are curious. And even the most well behaved kids can have accidents.
2. Teach Children HOW to Swim. That's where SwimWays Step Program comes in. Make sure you update your child's swim trainers as needed. I HIGHLY personally recommend swim lessons. My daughter was very timid around the water. She would basically just stop using her legs or arms, but wanted her face above water whenever she was in the pool. We tried everything and then finally decided to look into local swim lessons. They were the best thing for her and she has swimming independently ever since. My son isn't as timid so I don't think they will be necessary.
4. Install proper barriers, covers, and alarms on and around your pool or spa.
5. Learn how to perform CPR on children and adults. Red Cross has resources on where to find classes near you.

We have actually already been enjoying swimming in our neighbors pool and my in-laws pool this year. That is the wonderful thing about living in Georgia! With my neighbors having a new pool this year, I have asked them all the necessary questions about it so my children are safe whenever we go over there.

Paw Patrol Swim Flotation Device for Children

Each year we reevaluate our children's swimming abilities and upgrade their swim trainers as needed. My son used a SwimWays Baby Spring float that we loved when he was an infant and we took it everywhere so he could enjoy the water. We love and trust the SwimWays brand because they make quality products that our family enjoy while being dedicated to water safety and teaching children to swim.

This year my son needed a new swim trainer. The Paw Patrol Swim Trainer (featuring Chase and Found at Target) is Swim Step 2 in the SwimWays Swim Step Program which means he likes his independence, but he is still learning how to balance and coordinate his paddling. It will ensure your child's safety in the water and is even US Coast Guard approved! My son loves looking down and seeing Chase on his vest too. I will being sharing our full experience in my next SwimWays post. And when my son is ready, SwimWays Step 3 products will be there to help him gain the confidence he needs.

International Learn to Swim Day 2019

Celebrating International Learn to Swim Day

In May, pools across in the country start opening. Although it has been warmer this year already, we usually open up our pool in time for National Learn to Swim Day which is the third Saturday of May and this year it is on May 18, 2019. National Learn to Swim Day was founded by SwimWays in 2012 and is dedicated to educating parents and children about water safety and the benefits of learning how to swim. SwimWays Corporation has extended this event to include international locations this year and thus changing the name to International Learn To Swim Day! This year they are excited that the characters from Paw Patrol are helping celebrate during International Learn To Swim Day events around the world. And so are we!

How do you and your family plan on celebrating International Learn to Swim Day? Do your children like Paw Patrol? What do you think of the Paw Patrol Swim Trainers?



38 comments

  1. Ashley Chassereau Parks5/07/2019 10:08:00 PM

    Our community pool opens on the 18th, so we will be there practicing our swimming skills! These are great tips!! Learning to swim is so important...its definitely a skill I want my kids to have as early as possible.

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  2. This is so nice to read. My little ones are learning to swim right now.

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  3. These are some great tips. My kids learned how to swim at a young age. I'm glad they did, because now they are excellent swimmers.

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  4. This is such a good read. My youngest is pretty confident when it comes to swimming but there is always so much more to learn and to be aware of. Thanks, I will pass this on to my friends with little ones too.

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  5. These are all great pool safety tips. You can never be too careful when you're spending time at the pool. All of the grandkids know how to swim but I never take my eyes off them when I'm watching them swim.

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  6. These are helpful tips to keep in mind going into summer. There should be lots of pool days coming up.

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  7. I still have a Swimways here even though my kids have outgrown them. I keep them for guests. You have great tips, some I still need to work on.

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  8. These swim trainers are super cute. They would be perfect for when my nephew come over. He loves Paw Patrol.

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  9. It breaks my heart every time I read about a kid drowning in a swimming pool. I hope these tips will remind people to be vigilant in keeping kids safe around a pool.

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  10. We recently started our little one in swimming classes. We relied on SwimWays to help get him used to the water. Great products for babies!

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  11. SwimWays has great products for infants as well. We used it for our baby girl before we started her in swimming lessons.

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  12. Wow, I had no idea that drowning was such a frequent cause of death! I watch my kids like a hawk at the pool, since they aren't good swimmers yet. Great tips for us all to make sure our kids are safe!

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  13. I am very cautious when at the pool with kids because drowning can happen as soon as you turn your head.

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  14. My niece loves Paw Patrol! I believe we can finally convince her to learn how to swim with this!

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  15. I think that swimming is good exercise and fun as well.

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  16. It's so important that little ones learn to swim! I love the cute trainers and so would my little grandson!

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  17. Staying safe around water is SOOOOO important! Thanks for the tips!

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  18. We used these devices when my kids were learning. Thankfully we now have two great swimmers.

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  19. I think swimming lessons are so important. I love swimming. I look forward to it all winter.

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  20. I think it's great to have this da
    y. I made sure my Daughter had swimming lessons when she was small. I can't swim good and I didn't want her to miss out on all that I missed out on when going to friends pool parties and at the beach.

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  21. I cannot wait for summer and it will be time to teach our granddaughter to swim. She just turned 3 and loves our pool.

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  22. We can celebrate here because we (Grammy & PopPop) are blessed to have an indoor and outdoor pool at our apt complex that we love and look forward to playing in with our grandson and his Mama (our daughter) again this year! He's 2 this year so each year it gets even more fun.

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  23. I love watching the kids at the pool learn to swim its so important when being around water.

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  24. I didn’t know there was a National Swim Day, but I love it! I don’t care if someone is an expert swimmer, a refresher could save a life!! I was with a bunch of high school friends, when one of them drowned in a quarry that we swam in a lot. Plus he was my next door neighbor! His mom was devastated! She was a divorcĂ©e alone with four children. He was her oldest child. So not only could learning how to swim and the refreshers courses - could save lives and heartbreak!! I made sure my kids learned how to swim! Great idea and pin worthy! Thank you for sharing!

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  25. It is important that kids do learn to swim. I am taking my nephews for swimming lessons this summer.

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  26. My granddaughters are going to take swimming lessons at the YMCA this summer.

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  27. I wish I learned how to swim. I think it's easier to learn when your young

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  28. Loved when we had the pool when my children were young. Hoping to get my grandchildren to like swimming as much as my children did they were known as water babies because they loved the water.

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  29. So important to learn to swim and be safe around water!

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  30. Great Read. Teaching my 2 year old to swim now.

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  31. This so important. Children need to be pool savvy very early.

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  32. I think swimming lessons are so important. I love swimming. I look forward to it all winter. and This so important. Children need to be pool savvy very early.

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  33. it is a great idea to teach them to swim really young.

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  34. Thank you for the information with learn to swim day.

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  35. These are great pool safety tips for the family when were using a pool which we do often with our friends. Love the kids floaties they work well too.

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  36. These tips will be very helpful when teaching my youngest niece to swim! We know not to do 1, and we already know 4 & 5.

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