June 24, 2019
Can your child complete the Water Safety
Challenge? Learning and practicing water safety skills CAN
make a difference; Simple Steps Save Lives.
Water Safety Video: Can your Child Pass the Water Safety Challenge?
A recent Red Cross survey finds 61% of children, including more than half of all teens, can’t perform basic swim safety skills. The same survey found that nearly all parents (94%) expect that their children will engage in some sort of water activity this summer. However, nearly two-thirds (61%) of these parents report that their child cannot demonstrate all five basic skills that could save their lives in the water.
These critical water safety skills, also known as “water competency,” are the ability to, in this order:
1. Step or jump into the water over your head.
2. Return to the surface and float or tread water for one minute.
3. Turn around in a full circle and find an exit.
4. Swim 25 yards to the exit.
5. Exit from the water. If in a pool, be able to exit without using the ladder.
On your next visit to a pool or body of water, dare your kids to try the Water Safety Challenge. Whether or not they succeed in all five steps, their results will help you have a better understanding of their water competency and whether or not they may need some additional training. Information about free and low-cost swimming lessons, organizations that offer swim lesson scholarships and more water safety resources is available at HoustonHealth.org
Remember, just because they pass the challenge today it doesn't mean you don't need a designated water watcher at all times.
Special thanks to Waller-Harris Emergency Service District #200 for assisting with this video project. #CommunityRiskReduction #CRRinAction #DontLetThemDrown #StopDrowningNow #WaterSafety #WaterSafetyChallenge