Updated recommendations suggest children start swim lessons at the age of one to decrease risk of drowning

Goldfish Swim School—a national children’s swim school franchise with multiple locations in Northern Virginia—is helping spread the word to parents and caregivers to enroll children in dedicated swim lessons starting at the age of one in order to learn proper water safety skills. This is in line with the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) latest announcement recently released. AAP’s newest water safety guidelines suggest children start proper swim lessons at the age of one year old to help decrease risks of drowning.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drowning is the leading cause of injury death in U.S. children ages 1-4 years and the third leading cause of unintentional injury death in children and adolescents ages 5-19 years.

Goldfish Swim School understands the importance of learning to swim as a lifelong skill that every child should continue to practice. Local franchise owners Ryan and Gina Bewersdorf operate Goldfish Swim School Reston, Falls Church and Alexandria, VA—with all three locations having opened within the past five years in order to accommodate the area’s growing demand for quality swim lessons.

“The foundation of our swim lessons focuses on water safety and life-saving skills,” says Gina Bewersdorf. “We are proud that the skills taught at Goldfish Swim School play a large role in the prevention of drowning.”

Goldfish Swim School advocates for perpetual year-round swim lessons, allowing students to advance at their own rate. All students start with a beginner class and are evaluated each week before advancing to the next level. The swim school offers classes starting at age four months, with options for parent participation in classes ages four months to two years old. For classes for ages three and older, there is a max of four students per class with one instructor.

All swim school supervisors and instructors are CPR certified and Ellis certified—the industry leader in lifeguard credentials—on a yearly basis. In addition, Goldfish Swim School requires instructors pass their own rigorous training program.

“The AAP’s emphasis on starting swim lessons at a very young age supports Goldfish Swim School’s mission to teach life-saving water safety skills to all children,” says Tommy Hamilton, Regional Manager.

For more information regarding Goldfish Swim School and their year-round swim lessons and water-safety classes, call 703-348-3261 or visit www.goldfishswimschool.com.

Sherry Moeller
Spring Issue of John Eric Home
Photos courtesy of Goldfish Swim School