Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-14. Tragically, it is something that can be prevented, and should be prevented. Research shows that if a child does not learn to swim by the third grade, they likely never will. Teaching children to swim is a vital skill for drowning prevention, along with other water safety measures that everyone can take to stay safe in, and around, the water. Every child deserves to learn the lifesaving skills of water safety and swimming.
City of Roseville’s Operation Swim was started in 2011, when the Aquatics Supervisor noticed during Recreational Swim, numerous children were swimming in their clothes because they did not have swim suits. Unfortunately, many children in the Roseville community cannot afford a swim suit and towel, much less swimming lessons. The Aquatics staff at the City of Roseville set a course to change that! The moment that realization was made, Operation Swim was launched. In the last eight years, staff and volunteers have successfully provided nearly 1000 children with swim lessons and more than 2400 children have received new swim suits and towels. The numbers served continues to grow every year.
Swimming is a big part of summer fun. Make sure you enjoy it to the fullest by following these water safety tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:
Enroll your child in swimming lessons. Teach children how to tread water and float.
Teach kids never to go near or in water without an adult present. Remember that things such as water wings, noodles, and other items can create a false sense of security for children and should not be used in place of life jackets.
Whether you are swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with a partner, every time. Do not allow children to swim alone.
See more water safety tips for all ages at: safekids.org/watersafety. Registration is now open to enroll in swim lessons. City of Roseville Parks & Recreation swim lessons information is available at roseville.ca.us/swimlessons. The City of Rocklin, in partnership with the Rocklin Wave Swim Team, also offers lessons, just visit rocklinwave.com.
One of the best things you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in swim lessons, according to the American Red Cross. Learning to swim well is a first defense to prevent drowning. Teach those you love about water safety. Practice the simple survival skill of floating—remembering how to relax and float when exhausted. It can save your life, or the life of your loved one.
Operation Swim is successful because of the generosity of our community! Roseville has a median household income higher than most cities in California, but there is still an 8% poverty rate, which means there are kids who need help getting swim lessons. Local service organizations and businesses lend their support by raising money for Operation Swim. You can help too! Donations of new swim suits and beach towels can be dropped off at Big Spoon Yogurt at the Fountains (1182 Roseville Parkway, #100) any time during June. You will even receive a free yogurt for your donation. A collection bin for donations is also located in the lobby of the Mike Shellito Indoor Pool (10210 Fairway Drive, Roseville).
Mark your calendar to support Operation Swim on June 27! A special celebration takes place at Big Spoon Yogurt with a percentage of each purchase being donated to Operation Swim. From 6:30-8:30 there will be extra fun and games, water safety tips, and Berry the Big Spoon Bear will join the festivities. You can also enter to win a family swim pass for four to City of Roseville Pools this summer!