Saturday, July 21, 2012

Press Release

For more information contact: Shannon Smith, 860-550-4077

Swim Strong Foundation Celebrates Pool Safety Week

Swim Strong is delighted to share that we area recognized partner in the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s“Pool Safely” campaign. So proud of our team member Storm and all of his accomplishments to date! 

July 19h, 2012, New York, NY— The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces its “Pool Safely” campaign in conjunction with Pool Safety Week.  Swim Strong Foundation is joining efforts to encourage water safety and pool safety locally through its swim programs in Queens and Brooklyn.
According to The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s latest findings released earlier this summer, drowning is the #1 cause of death for children 1-4.  It is the 2Nd leading cause of death in all youth under 14.  Minority children 5-14 are three times more likely to die from drowning than Caucasian children.  Meet Storm
Swim Strong Foundation wants to do something about this. For the most part drowning IS preventable. All year long they provide low cost swim programs to NYC youth that teach swimming skills and water safety in an effort to eradicate drowning.  This week, parents have been invited to get in the pool with their children for special, pool safety workshops. 
If you or your child is not currently involved in a swim program, there are still steps they can take to make sure they practice pool safety:

          • Stay within an arm’s reach of your children at all times in and around the pool
            • Never swim without a lifeguard. 
            • Assign a “Water Watcher
           • Never swim alone
            • Take swim lessons at any age before regularly using a pool
            • Learn CPR
            • Don’t mix alcohol with swimming and pools
            • Know the depth of the water and don’t swim in deep water if you’re a beginner

Join the celebration by following these tips during Pool Safety Week and all summer.  If you would like to sign up for swim lessons please contact Shawn Slevin at  Swim Strong and Pool Safely. 

And to promote awareness, I am happy to invite adult family members of CURRENT program members , who do not swim, into the pool with us for a 30 minute Introduction to the water this Saturday at both FMP and FRHS. You will need flip flops/pool shoes/or bare feet, your suit cap and goggles and towel.

At FMP, it will be during the 8-9 time frame. (Remember at FMP that you can’t use the lockers…bring your bag out with you onto the deck) At FRHS, we need to be a bit flexible as it could be somewhere in the 11:30-12:30 timeframe.

Pls do respond to me as to who wants to GET Wet and celebrate Pool Safety Week with us

Coach Shawn

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