Swim Schools Applaud the American Academy of Pediatrics’ New Water Safety Guidelines


Swim Schools Applaud the American Academy of Pediatrics’ New Water Safety Guidelines

GREAT news for the learn-to-swim industry! On May 24th, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a statement indicating that they have revised their policy on swim lessons for children! This news will empower swim schools all over the country as they communicate how vital swim lessons are for young children so that we can all do our part to reduce the risk of death through drowning!

In its updated policy, the AAP has revised its guidance on swimming lessons and also highlights new drowning risks. Jeffrey Weiss, lead author of the policy statement says, “To protect their children, parents need to think about layers of protection. Children need to learn to swim. Swimming lessons can be an important part of the overall protection, which should include pool barriers and constant, capable supervision.” The statement goes on to say that new evidence shows that children ages 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction.  To read the AAP’s revised statement in its entirety, visit the AAP website

This new guideline is a monumental change that indicates that the AAP recognizes the evidence that U.S. Swim School Association member schools have been promoting for years: formal swim lessons are a vital part of the multilevel approach to drowning prevention and water safety.  The AAP offers a specific 11 point advice list for parents that includes:

  1. Never leaving children without adult supervision around any type of water
  2. Closely supervise children at all times
  3. Inquiring about exposure to water when your children are not in your care
  4. Installing appropriate fencing and gate systems around pools
  5. Providing swimming lessons to children
  6. Learning CPR
  7. Not using air-filled swimming aids
  8. Wearing life-jackets when children are in boats
  9. Knowing water depth and underwater hazards before allowing children to jump in any body of water
  10. Swimming at lifeguard supervised open bodies of water
  11. Counseling teenagers on the increased risk of drowning when alcohol is involved

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