My dear sweet friends and family, students and parents; You’ve waiting a long time for a good laugh and who am I to disappoint. May is National Water Safety Month and all month long my little swimmers, during their classes, have been learning about ways to be safe, smart and a friend to mother nature when it comes to time around the water.
Below is my 2005 attempt at poolside education with Gus & Goldie the spokes fish for the National Spa and Pool Institute. That’s right I’m Goldie and my assistant was Gus. We spent the morning on the pool deck passing out coloring books, stickers and posing for pictures. Totally smiled for my first few photos. We spent the afternoon curb side waving to honking cars. Not a typical day in the office but where we spent the day laughing and not doing budgets and reports.
After the success of Gus & Goldie; Josh the Baby Otter came into my life in 2008. I got to rock this costume at a local safety event. If you’re ever going to be a costume character make sure you have an “escort” so you’re not stuck in the costume the whole time. Your escort can get you away when you’re melting on the inside. Sometime being the escort is harder, you have to be the one talking, smiling and dealing the kids that freak out around costume characters.
There is no shortage of kid friendly curriculums out there to help you broach the subject with your kids or students. Some of my favorites include.
Josh the Baby Otter Click Here
American Red Cross’s Longfellow’s Whales Tales American Red Cross’s A Whales Tail
Remember as we all gear up for a summer season of splashing poolside, at the beach or on the family boat, even the littlest swimmer can help in an emergency. Ask your swim instructor to include some safety lessons and topics during class time.
Some additional resources, and groups to help you prepare for a busy May.