School’s out, and despite the rain at the beginning of the week, we’re in for some warm days. If you’re looking for some pool time, check out the swim programs offered through the City of Sunnyvale. Lessons and open recreational swim are offered at Columbia Park Pool, Sunnyvale Middle School Pool, Washington Park/Swim Center, and Sunnyvale Swim Complex at Fremont High School. Hours and programs vary by location. To find out more, go to the City’s Swimming and Aquatics page.
Safety is always a concern during pool season. We may breathe a sigh of relief once our kids have learned to swim, but even swimmers need to be cautious around water. Becoming “pool safe” is a process, and it’s a good idea for families to review water safety together before hitting the pool or beach.
The U.S. Consumer Product & Safety Commission’s Pool Safely page is rich in educational information and resources for families. Elementary aged kids can review what they’ve learned through the interactive game Adventures of Splish and Splash. Much of the information is available in Spanish as well.
There’s one more resource I’d like to share. I’ve recently run across an article titled Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning. Marine Safety Specialist and retired U.S. Coast Guard member Mario Vittone describes how to tell if someone’s in trouble in the water. Surprisingly, drowning doesn’t look like one might expect. There’s no splashing and calling out; instead, it’s very quiet and it looks much like treading water. As we all work to keep our kids happy and safe in the pool, I want to help get the word out about what to watch for.
Now let’s go out and have a safe, fun, and active summer.