Swimming is a fun, healthy way to get your child active, however water safety is essential as drowning is the leading cause of death for ages 1-4, behind birth defects. In Florida in 2021, there were 98 child drowning deaths, up from 69 in 2020. With so much water in our state from the gulf, to pools, and even lakes and canals, it’s essential for every family to teach your child early how to swim and about the importance of water safety. During the pandemic, many families could not access swim lessons for their children. This summer is an opportunity to enroll children in water safety and swim lessons to build a lifelong, lifesaving skill.
Lee County offers online signup for swimming classes here.
Collier county can find a list of where you can take your kids here.
If you live outside of these two counties, simply open google and type “(your county name) county swim lessons”. Many places have no charge to very minimal charge programs you can enroll your child into.
We looked at tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and made a list on why swim lessons are so important and what to look for in a quality learn to swim program.