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Are Your Kids Swim-Ready?

Swimming suits are on – and the kids are all smiles. Aren’t summer days on the water simply the best?

Before grabbing the page-turner from your beach bag and catching some rays, it’s smart to give your little ones a short, informal swimming test. They’ll have more fun splashing – and you’ll be able to relax better knowing they have strong enough skills to swim solo.  

Have them practice these steps in order while you supervise – you can even make a game of it!

  1. Step or jump into water that’s over their head.


  2. Come back up to the surface and float or tread water for about one minute.


  3. Turn around in a full circle while keeping afloat and find an exit.


  4. Swim at least 25 yards to that exit without stopping.


  5. Get out of the water. If they’re in a pool, have them exit without using the ladder.

While these core skills can give you a better idea of your kid’s swimming ability, it’s always a good idea to enroll them in lessons with a certified swim instructor before hanging out poolside. And our Simple Summer Pool Safety tips? They can come in handy too.

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