Reasons to Teach Children to Swim

9 Reasons to Teach Your Tot to Swim This Summer

9 Reasons to Teach Your Tot to Swim This Summer

When it's scorching hot out, one sure way to cool off is a dip in the pool, lake, or ocean. Kids and parents alike love splashing around, but little ones need to learn to do more than that. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among toddlers, and it can be easily prevented.

"Drowning is an epidemic in our country, and the cure has been found with two simple words: swim lessons," Olympian Rodney Gaines shares. "Taking swim lessons reduces the risk of drowning by 88 percent. You wouldn't put your child in a car without a seat belt. Why would you let them near water without making sure they were water safe?!"

While the youngest toddlers may not quite be ready for instructional swim, older ones certainly are. Rowdy and the team at Asphalt Green's non-profit AGUA and Waterproofing swim programs in NYC shared nine reasons to get your child into the water this Summer, and one creative way to do so.

Source: Flickr user Brisbane City Council