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CPR: History & How To - Part 2

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 10:53:34 AM by Laura Dravenstott in water safety tips, in safety, in CPR

Though there are many organizations that review the steps of CPR and ECC (Emergency Cardiovascular Care), the basic steps are consistent. Training is always recommended, but it’s noteworthy that “The American Heart Association recommends that everyone — untrained bystanders and medical personnel alike — begin CPR with chest compressions.  It's far better to do something than to do nothing at all if you're fearful that your knowledge or abilities aren't 100 percent complete. Remember, the difference between your doing something and doing nothing could be someone's life.”  - MayoClinic.org 

Here is advice on how to perform CPR from the American Heart Association (as listed on the Mayo Clinic site):

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CPR: History & How To - Part 1

Posted on Jun 28, 2018 9:38:24 AM by Laura Dravenstott in water safety tips, in safety, in CPR

As summer moves into high gear with many families participating in water activities, it’s important to remember water safety and lifesaving measures. One important life-saving skill is Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation or CPR. CPR is most commonly used in the event of cardiac arrest and/or drowning, and it allows a bystander to manually help circulate oxygenated blood throughout the body of the injured person, preserving brain function until medical help arrives. It’s a basic but proven first aid skill used throughout the world, saving approximately 92,000 lives each year.

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Swimtastic Strong: Solidarity with Florida & The Caribbean

Posted on Sep 7, 2017 3:07:30 PM by Dorian Capers in Family, in Strength, in Swimtastic, in safety, in Announcements

Dear Swimtastic Family,

Due to Hurricane Irma, our Swimtastic Florida locations will be temporarily closed over the weekend. The safety of our swimmers is of the most importance, and we hope everyone stays safe during the storm. North America is on track to endure two back to back powerful hurricanes. It is up to us as people to support our fellow neighbors and communities. Please consider donating your time or money to relief efforts for those affected. We're all in this together. Swimtastic weather closures are as follows:

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How to Talk to Kids About Pool Safety

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 8:13:43 AM by Ladah Law Frim in Swimming, in Pool Safely, in Family, in healthy lifestyle, in kids, in safety

Swimming pools are a lot of fun for people of all ages. If you have a swimming pool or you plan on bringing your child to a friend or relative's pool or a public pool this season, make safety an ongoing discussion. Taking a few minutes to speak to your child about pool safety on a consistent basis can protect him or her from injury and any unnecessary accidents around swimming pools. Often, kids just need that constant reminder to help them keep safety at top of mind. It’s easy for kids to get caught up in having fun & forget or neglect the little things that will help keep them safe.

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Overcoming Fear of Water in Swim Lessons: "But There's an Octopus in the Pool!"

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 12:52:54 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Sports, in safety, in Child Health

This week’s blog is contributed by Lauren, a professional swim instructor at our Lincoln, Nebraska Swimtastic Swim School.

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Summer Water Safety Tips

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 2:58:47 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Travel, in safety, in Child Health

Now that summer is in full swing that means more time at the beach and pools! Whether your family has an exciting vacation planned, or simply day trips to the beach, water safety is highly important for swimmers of any age. Make sure your little ones are ready to hit the water, and educated on basic water safety tips.

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Preparing for Summer Vacation

Posted on Feb 12, 2016 1:36:23 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Travel, in safety, in Child Health

This week's featured blog is provided by Michelle Posey, General Manager of Swimtastic Swim School in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and "Super Mom" of eight wonderful children.

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Helping Your Child Overcome Fear of Water

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 2:37:15 PM by Kayla in Swimming, in Sports, in Fears, in safety, in Child Health

While learning how to swim is an important skill, especially for young children, it can often prove to be more difficult for some individuals. Fear can delay or altogether prevent children from learning this life-saving skill, in addition to causing further stress and anxiety if not handled properly. At Swimtastic, we understand how fragile the experience of learning to swim can be to some children. Acknowledging that each child is an individual with different emotional needs, we cater each lesson to helping every student advance and overcome their fears at their own pace.

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How Long Should You Keep Your Child in Swim Lessons?

Posted on Jan 12, 2016 2:12:24 PM by Kayla Blantz in Swimming, in Sports, in safety, in Child Health

Knowing that your child is safe in and around the water is a priority for many parents, and swim lessons become a common part of many childhoods to fulfill this need. But how long should children stay in lessons?

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Expanding Your Swimming Horizons Safely: Guidelines for Enjoying Natural Bodies of Water

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 1:38:51 PM by Admin in Swimming, in safety

Summer is often the time when families venture into the great outdoors for day trips or longer camping excursions. General water safety rules apply around natural bodies of water like lakes, rivers and oceans, but there are also specific rules that should be followed to ensure that your time in nature is without mishap.

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