How Are We Helping?
Education and Community Awareness
Join a national coalition of caring families, pediatrians, hospitals, elected officials, law enforcement, fire departments, preschools, pool/spa companies, swim schools, and community aquatic centers to bring awareness to water safety. Together, we can save lives.
For the past several years A.S.A.P. has gone into local schools to educate children on the importance of water safety. Now, with the help of the Safer 3 program we will be able to bring water safety to the classroom like never before. The Swim for Life Foundation has created an entire lesson plan that puts water safety into a week-long curriculum for pre-school and kindergarten classrooms. These lesson plans are designed to not only teach water safety but to simultaneously complete core curriculum requirements for these young children. A.S.A.P. is getting involved by paying for the distribution of these lesson plans to be taught at local pre-school and kindergarten classes by the child’s own classroom teacher. By integrating water safety with classroom learning, more lives will be saved.
HealthCare and Pediatric Studies
Early exposure to swimming lessons has been proven to reduce the likelihood of a drowning. The American Association of Pediatricians issued the following statement "...new evidence shows that children ages 1 to 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction." (Source: www.aap.org)
Griffith University in Queensland, Australia is also conducting research that is showing a correlation between early childhood swimming and cognitive and physical development. Testing continues through 2012 to verify the results of the current international survey being conducted.
Additionally, New York, California, Arizona, and Florida are participating in pediatric studies. One county in the state of Florida found that drowning incidents were reduced from 63 to 2 in the first year of implementing a pediatrician recommendation for swimming lessons at the 9 and 12 month check- ups. While a prescription is not necessary, it is a way for pediatricians to instruct new parents on the importance of teaching infants how to swim. (See Water Smart Babies page for details).
The goal of the Aquatic Safety Awareness Program is to provide education and resources to reduce the number of drowning deaths and near-drowning occurrences in children under the age of five.
The A.S.A.P. mission would be impossible without the help of our sponsors and partners.
A.S.A.P. is partnered with local businesses to help raise the money to provide the brochures for pediatricians and the Safer 3 books for schools. It is only with sponsor support that A.S.A.P. is able to save lives. If you wish to become a sponsor please contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.