San Jose, California (PressExposure) June 05, 2009 -- AVAC Swim School, one of the largest learn-to-swim programs in the nation, today announced that June marks the celebration of its 45th anniversary teaching Bay Area families to swim. In recognition of this significant milestone and coupled with National Safety Month, AVAC offers the community water safety tips to ensure a fun, healthy and safe summer.
âJune marks the 45th year that AVAC Swim School has been teaching generations of South Bay families to swim while encouraging water safety practices,â said Joe Shank, Owner and CEO of the Almaden Valley Athletic ClubÂ® (AVAC). âAs summer nears, water activities become more popular. Parents and caretakers need to be cautious and alert to help prevent accidental drowning and any related injuries.â
Before children go near any body of water, AVAC Swim School reminds parents to:
-Never leave a child unsupervised near water. Always maintain a constant watch over children by a pool, lake or other body of water. -Stay within arms reach of young and non-swimming children. -Teach children proper âpool etiquetteâ and safety so they know how to behave in and around the water. -Make sure there are proper barriers and protection in place when the pool is not in use. Fences, locks, gates and alarms may save a child from danger. -Learn and review rescue techniques, such as CPR. Itâs important to be able to take quick action, rather than waiting for help. -Develop and keep a rescue plan in case of emergency. This may include a first-aid kit or other applicable rescue equipment. Keep emergency telephone numbers and a phone nearby. -Teach children to swim and provide them with on-going swim lessons for continued improvement of swimming skills.
âSummer is the time when accidental drowning and water injuries occur most often,â said Sue Davis, AVAC General Manager and Swim School Director. âAt AVAC, we strongly recommend that children learn how to swim as one preventative measure against drowning and related injuries. It is equally important for parents to be alert and ready to act in case of an emergency. AVACâs free Community Day Open House will provide helpful safety tips to help everyone have a fun, healthy and safe summer.â
AVAC will host its âKick off Your Summerâ Community Day Open House with demonstration classes, swim stroke assessments and child fingerprinting by the San Jose Police Department on Saturday, June 20, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is open and free to the entire community.
For more information about the AVAC Swim School, please visit, http://www.avac.us/swimschool. For those interested in attending AVAC's free Community Day Open House, please visit http://www.avac.us/communityday.