Myths about Winter Water

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean there aren’t great reasons to keep your little swimmers safe in and around the water. Here are some common myths when it comes to winter water safety, and the facts behind them:

MYTH: It’s cold outside, so we won’t be swimming.

FACT: Just because you won’t be trekking to the outdoor neighborhood pool until the weather is warmer doesn’t mean you won’t encounter the chance to go swimming elsewhere, including:

  • An indoor water park resortThese family-friendly resorts are based on having everyone swim and play in large, heated indoor pools with waterslides, which are very enticing for kids of all ages (regardless of swim ability).
  • Holiday break, winter break, spring break, or visiting family and friends in a tropical locale could definitely mean an opportunity for heading into a pool or the ocean.
  • Swim parties at indoor swimming locations – like the ones hosted by Miller!

MYTH: I don’t let my child go swimming without me, so we’re OK.

FACT: Accidents can happen near ANY body of water, whether or not you are nearby. Take it from Lindsey Allen, mom to 9-year-old Zachary. One winter day, Zachary and his buddies decided to venture out onto the frozen-over retention pond in their neighborhood — when suddenly the ice beneath Zachary gave way and he fell through the ice. His friends couldn’t help him because ice began to break beneath them as well, but Zachary didn’t panic, instead he began yelling at his friends to get on the bank throw him something that floats and help pull him to safety!

Zachary’s mom, Lindsey, credits her son’s quick thinking to the water safety skills he learned during Clothesline week, our Fall Water Safety event. Even though they were not expecting Zachary to be swimming or in any water that day, he was prepared.

MYTH: Since we only go swimming where there are lifeguards, if anything happens someone will be able to help.

FACT: Even though lifeguards are specially trained, it can still be difficult to spot someone in distress and react in time. That’s why it’s important for parents and other swimmers to be able to recognize the signs of drowning and what to do if someone needs help while swimming — and why you need water safety tips in winter, too.

The instructors at Miller, incorporate water safety skills during each lesson. These skills include understanding that we never swim alone, never jump in after someone, how to act appropriately in and around water, what to do if kids are having trouble swimming or if they see someone else in trouble, and lifesaving techniques. And, just like any other important lesson, water safety is one that bears repeating, over and over again, so it’s second nature.

MYTH: My baby isn’t even walking yet, so I don’t need to worry about water safety.

FACT: Babies are masters at moving around deftly (and sometimes silently) whether they are walking or not, and they’re also very curious and inquisitive little beings who want to learn and investigate everything they see. Sometimes, that includes bodies of water. By teaching your little one how to swim at a very young age, you’ll be giving her the tools she needs should an accident happen in water…because seconds count.

Miller Swim School focuses on water safety

In each and every one of our classes, our number one priority is the safety of your swimmers and that respect for the water is taught.  Safety skills in and around the pool are taught each and every class and because of that repetition and a few others, year-round swim lessons are worth sticking around for!