Swimming Smarts: Hippo Splash Party

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How comfortable — and safe — are your kids in the water? It’s that time of year again: with summer swim season just around the corner, right now there’s a need to assess skills and confidence. Fortunately, there’s an opportunity for a water safety refresher and a free swim at the Hippo Splash Party. It’s Saturday, June 4, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Britannia Boys & Girls Club, 2825 du Maurier Avenue in Ottawa.

Held in conjunction with Red Cross National Water Safety Week (June 4 – 11), Hippo Splash Party features:

·         water safety activities;

·         mini-mermaid instruction sessions;

·         free swimming;

·         a visit from Buckles the Water Safety Mascot;

·         refreshments;

·         a chance to learn about private swim lessons, pool party safety, lifeguarding options.

The event is free but requires registration: Eventbrite.ca or via hippointhebathtub.com

“Hippo Splash Party” is organized by Hippo in the Bathtub, an Ottawa provider of private and semi-private swim lessons, swim parties and lifeguard services. Hippo in the Bathtub, a Red Cross Swim member with certified Red Cross instructors, is celebrating its fifth year of operation in the Ottawa region. It provides swim lessons to more than 200 area children, youth and adults, many of whom were previously afraid of the water, unable to learn in noisy environments, allergic to chlorine, or looking to improve their swim skills. See www.hippointhebathtub.com for details.

According to the Canadian Red Cross and its Water Safety Week page,

“Every year, approximately 520 Canadians die needlessly in unintentional water-related fatalities.
“A high percentage of these preventable water-related fatalities consist of young children, almost always due to lack of or adequate supervision.

“While you enjoy the summer months at cottages, lakes, and pools with your family, it’s important to keep these statistics and safety tips in mind to ensure the safety of your children:

The absence of effective adult supervision is a factor in 75 per cent of deaths by drowning for children under the age of 10. Whether it’s in a pool, the bathtub, or the beach, children should always be actively supervised – even if they can swim.

Children aged one to four accounted for 42 per cent of fatalities involving backyard pools.

Above-ground backyard pools are especially dangerous for small children, and were associated with 38 per cent of all deaths by drowning in home pools involving children less than 10 years of age.

While the ability to swim is important, swimming skills alone aren’t always enough to save a life. Learning water safety is key to preventing an emergency in or on the water, and also teaches what to do if you find yourself in an emergency situation.”

For details about Red Cross swimming lessons, see here.

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