Swimming Toward Safety: A Pool Scouts Awareness Initiative
Water safety is a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts here at Pool Scouts. Not only are we focused on cleaning and maintaining pools, but we always want to provide a safe environment for you and your family. That’s why it’s so essential to spread awareness about the importance of learning how to swim! National Water Safety Month was originally created by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals to raise awareness about water safety and to help everyone have safe, fun experiences in and around the water.
Charitable Partner of USA Swimming
From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2018, at least 148 children younger than the age of 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools and spas according to the USA Swimming Foundation. Luckily, that number has decreased from 2017 (163 reported fatal drownings of those under 15 years old), but there is still more to be done! Pool Scouts is proud to be a charitable partner of USA Swimming Foundation, fighting to spread awareness about the importance of learning how to swim and making resources available for all children.
Established in 2004, the USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming. Their Make A Splash initiative is working to help children across the nation get into swim lessons, regardless of their ability to pay.
Did you know…?
1. No child is ever water safe. The goal of swim lessons is to make children SAFER in, on, and around water.
2. 79% of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability.*
3. Research shows 64% of African-American, 45% of Hispanic/Latino, and 40% of Caucasian children have little to no swimming ability.*
4. 10 people drown each day in the United States.*
5. Formal swimming lessons reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.*
How to Get Involved
The pool is a great way to celebrate kids born in the summer months, but you can never be too careful! While these children have the luxury of mixing their birthday celebrations with cannonball dives and games of Marco Polo, the additional threat of pool-related mishaps, injuries or even drowning are very real. We want to make sure your pool is a safe zone for all kids and guests! Click here to download your very own quick reference on How to Throw a Safe Kids’ Pool Party and make sure to read our dedicated blog post throwing a safe pool party.
2. USA Swimming Foundation study through the University of Memphis and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2017
3. USA Swimming Foundation study through the University of Memphis and University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2017
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
5. Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 2009