There was a great turnout for the first Splash into Summer Safety event at Waterworks Aquatics’ Sierra Madre location. The Sierra Madre Fire Department and paramedics came out to take part in the mock drowning and rescue that took place on Tuesday, July 31st. Everyone got to see first-hand what Sierra Madre firefighters and paramedics do and what they can do to help prevent drowning. The event was so realistic that paramedics, firefighters and other participants in the mock drowning were flooded with questions after the event. “It was a great opportunity for everyone to learn without having to actually experience something so tragic,” stated Katie Smith, a Waterworks Aquatics employee.
Drowning is the nation’s number one killer of children under the age of 5 and the second leading cause of death from unintentional injuries for kids ages 1 to 14. This event gave parents and opportunity to see that they can be an important part of rescuing a child, or anyone, from drowning.
The kids loved the fire truck and everyone learned a lot about how to react in an emergency situation. Everyone was shocked to see how quickly a child can disappear underwater and how learning basic CPR could save a life. Accidents will happen and drowning is a year-round threat but knowing what to do and how to react could be the difference between life and death.
Waterworks Aquatics Sierra Madre offers one 33 yard, 6 lane pool and one circular teaching pool that are both heated to 86-88 degrees year-round. They provide Private, Semi-Private, Group, Parent and Me, Adult and Stroke Clinic swim classes. Waterworks also offers youth swim teams, summer swim camps, lap swimming, water aerobics, recreation swim, and a venue for birthday parties as well as facilitating aquatic therapy.
“The teaching methodology at Waterworks Aquatics is what differentiates us from other swim schools,” said Jon Alpert, founder of Waterworks Aquatics. “We utilize an original instructional philosophy of teaching children to roll to their back for a breath rather than lifting their heads to breathe, which allows children as young as 18 months the capability to swim across the pool. The other key component is the use of a specialized muscle memory teaching technique, where students are taught stroke technique at a very young age.”
With a commitment to “Learning it the Right Way, Right from the Beginning”, Waterworks Aquatics was voted the Best Swim School in Orange County in 2009, 2010, and 2011 by the readers of Parenting OC Magazine.
For more information or to register for classes, please visitwww.waterworksswim.com/sierramadre or call 626.836.1200.