Tips to Get Your Pool Ready and Safe for Summer From Balancing Your Pool Water to Creating a Safe Swimming Environment, Olympic Swimmer Cullen Jones, on behalf of Leslie’s Shares Easy To Activate Pool Safety and Readiness Tips
When summer starts to heat up, there's nothing better than heading to the pool with your family and friends to cool off. However, as pool season commences- it’s crucial to keep water safety top of mind. Recently, retired four-time Olympic medalist, Cullen Jones, conducted a satellite media tour to talk about the importance of swimming safety and share general swimming safety tips and tricks.
A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/FqP8IywG6IE
With temperatures rising across the country, now is the time to discuss pool safety and readiness, ensuring your pool and yard are prepared for the summer months ahead – so you can spend your summer ENJOYING your pool instead of worrying about MAINTAING it.
Leslie’s has teamed up with the Aquatic Safety Research Group to share important tips on how to keep kids safe while they learn to swim. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for all children starting at age 1, and it’s important to practice skills year-round.
Here are 5 Water Safety Tips for Kids:
1. Start early and practice often.
Children can begin learning to swim as early as age 1 to adjust to the water and learn safe boundaries. Learning how to swim can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children 1–4 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. It’s important to keep active throughout their formative years.
2. Be patient and reassuring.
New experiences can be frightening for any child. It’s normal for little ones to cry the first time they are in the water. Don’t force them, and always make sure they aren’t hungry or tired when it's time to practice.
3. Keep learning separate from play time.
Have designated times for swim practice apart from regular pool recreation. Make it fun and reinforce new skills during water play, keeping practice to 15–20 minutes to better engage kids.
4. Practice the basics.
Proper breathing, kicking, and strokes are all key elements of swimming. Practice them in shallow water, at the edge of the pool, or with specially approved learn-to-swim aids. The initial focus should always be on breathing and becoming comfortable in the water.
5. The right tools can make a difference.
It's important to have certified learn-to-swim equipment and swim trainers to help swimmers learn to be safe in the water and feel confident while learning to swim. But remember that swim aids are never a substitute for adult supervision and formal lessons.
Leslie's is proud to support the water safety efforts by partnering with the YMCA of the USA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Leslie’s will be accepting customer donations in stores from May 5th through October 31st. Or donate online to support water safety efforts in our communities. 100% of all donation funds will be split equally to benefit efforts by the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, partner organizations that both share Leslie's passion for water safety.
To learn more about swimming safety and needed tools and product to maintain and secure your pool visit lesliespool.com/pool-safety
About Cullen Jones
Retired four-time Olympic medalist and the first African American swimmer to hold a world record. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jones swam on the legendary world-record setting 4x100 freestyle relay team. In 2012, Jones won gold as Team USA’s anchor in the 4x100 medley relay, silver in the 4x100 freestyle relay and individual silver in the 50m freestyle. In total Cullen accounts for 13 U.S. medals (seven gold) at major international competitions. Jones married his wife, Rupi, in 2007 and she gave birth to their son, Ayvn, in 2019. Learned to swim after being rescued from a near-drowning when he was five years old ... His favorite celebrity is Michael Jordan because of his positive attitude ... Jones' future aspirations are to write for a men's fashion magazine ... He has a dog named Charlie Instagram
2008 Olympic Games, gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle 2012 Olympic Games silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay, silver medal in 50m freestyle, gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay
Two-time gold medalist in the 4x100 relay at the World Championships Silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne in the 50m freestyle