In April the “Every Child a Swimmer” bill passed in Florida. To put it simply, parents with children entering Kindergarten will be asked if they have given their child swim lessons. If they answer “no,” then the school will be required to give the parents information about water safety, along with local spots where they can find learn-to-swim resources.
Florida leads the country in unintentional drownings for children ages 0-4 and this year is on track to hit a 10-year high in child drownings for 2021. Florida already has recorded 82 child drownings this year, as of August 30th, which surpasses totals for all of 2020 and 2019 according to Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) data. There’s enough children to fill three to four preschool classrooms that drown before their 5th birthday.
While the bill is NOT a mandate for swim lessons, it is highly supported by Florida government because it has no cost associated with its passing. The bill is simply attempting to create more awareness for parents of their obligation to teach their children to swim.
Swim with Becky fully supports the “Every Child a Swimmer” law and is ready and available to assist parents with teaching their children how to swim. Submit a Lessons Inquiry today and get started with teaching your children how to swim.