Janet Evans chats with Celebrity Baby Scoop about the importance of learning to swim and how the USA Swimming Foundation is working to decrease drowning rates among children through the Make a Splash initiative.
Q: Tell us about your role as ambassador for the USA Swimming Foundation and its national "Make a Splash" water safety initiative. What will you do as a "Make a Splash Mom"?
A: As a USA Swimming Foundation Ambassador and Make a Splash mom, my goal is to encourage parents to enroll their children in swim lessons. Drowning is an epidemic in this country. It crosses all socioeconomic levels and the statistics are staggering - an average of 10 drowning deaths are reported each day in the United States. Make a Splash also focuses on providing free and/or low-cost swim lessons to those who might not
have access or expendable finances for lessons. Every child (and adult!) in this country needs to know how to swim and feel comfortable in the water. I am proud of the USA Swimming Foundation for taking an active role in teaching
children how to save their own lives and am honored to be a part of it.
Q: What inspired you to join the initiative?
A: I am the mom of two young children and live in Southern California. Even before I had children, I would read about drowning’s in and around our county. My parents put my brothers and I in swim lessons when I was very young (18 months) because my mom can't swim. The gift my parents gave us of teaching us how to swim was not taken for granted, and I committed to get my children swimming as early as I felt comfortable. Swimming is both a
life skill and a lifesaving skill. I don't see it as a luxury; I view it as an imperative.
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