Swim Lessons University is dedicated not only to providing swim instructor training so that swim teachers will teach more effectively, but we are also dedicated to raising awareness of the inherent risks of the water so that we can help prevent children from drowning. Because of our vision, I thought it was only appropriate that we add the Safety Turtle to our line of Water Safety tools.
I believe Swim Lessons University Instructors and all Water Safety Professionals have a responsibility to educate parents on how they can make their children safer. As my friend and colleague Johnny Johnson teaches in the Safer 3, the “r” in safer stands for risk. Where there is water, there is risk, and we need to help parents understand the best ways to reduce that risk.
The Safer 3 concept is a layered approach. Never depend on any one form of drowning prevention, rather incorporate as many safety measures as possible. The Safer 3 stands for Safer Kids, Safer Water, Safer Response. The Safety Turtle is falls in the category of “Safer Water.”
In order to have safer water, parents and pool owners should make sure they have proper fencing, self-closing gates and latches, safety equipment around the pool, and alarms. The Safety Turtle is an excellent alarm system in which I use first hand, and that is why I am so confident in the product and why I chose to make the Safety Turtle available through the Swim Lessons University website.
The child wears a Safety Turtle wristband, which provides continuous protection to the child wearing it. This continuous protection compares to water disturbance pool alarms which are deactivated (and reactivated) by whoever uses or cleans the pool or spa. This distinction is vital because toddler accidents often occur when a pool or spa area is left unsecured or when adults are in attendance.
Another neat benefit is that the Safety Turtle personal alarm can also accompany your child or children when you are on vacation or on visits to a boat, cottage or another pool, where unfamiliar surroundings and less security add risk. In other words, it’s so portable–you can take the Safety Turtle with you!
A standard child immersion alarm system consists of one or more Turtle Wristbands locking wristband, key and Base Station. (Base Station Receiver sold separately).
The Safety Turtle wireless gate alarm enhances the security of a safety fence. A gate alarm reinforces the weakest link of a pool or property fence, the gate latch, which is subject to mechanical deterioration and occupant and visitor interaction. It can be used on all wood or metal frame doors, pool fences and property fences.
So swim teachers–make sure your parents Follow the Safer 3. We can teach children how to swim and be safer in the water, but we should never give parents a false sense of security. NO CHILD IS DROWN PROOF! Remind parents that the more measures of swim safety they have in place, the safer their child. Recommend the Safety Turtle too, because like learning to swim, the Safety Turtle saves lives!