Water Safety

Learn to be Safe in the Water, Enjoy Swimming for Fitness and FUN

The Upper Valley Aquatic Center instructors follow a curriculum where water safety comes first! Lesson plans are designed to teach the critical swim skills you and your child need to be safe in and around the water for a lifetime. It is ideal for children to be proficient swimmers by no later than third grade and should begin their aquatic development as early as six-months old. No one is ever drown-proof, but being able to swim 300 yards continuously will lower you or your child's chances of drowning exponentially. 

If an adult does not know how to swim, it is possible to teach them in the exact manner a child might learn, with special consideration to age, experience and level of fear in the water. Anyone can learn to swim and feel comfortable in the water. We encourage EVERYONE to learn to swim because it will help to make you and your child safer in the water.

To swim well is an asset for life. Lots of organizations and individuals teach swimming lessons. But we don't just teach lessons. WE TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO SWIM!

Important Facts

  • Swimming is one of the few sports you can do throughout your lifetime.
  • Swimming is the best possible exercise. It works all the body’s muscles and burns the most calories.
  • Having a great relationship with the water opens up a whole host of other water sports and opportunities.
  • Swimming will provides a lifetime of health and fitness.
  • Swimming lessons are the first lessons your child needs. They are the only lessons that could save your child’s life.
  • A swimming pool is 14 times more likely than a motor vehicle to be involved in the death of a child age 4 and under.
  • 70% of all preschoolers who drown are in the care of one or both parents at the time of drowning. 75% are missing for 5 minutes or less.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children between the age of 1 and 14.
  • Approximately 9 people drown in the United States every day.
  • Children aren't the only ones at risk. In 2000, victims ranging in age from 15-44 accounted for 45% of all drowning deaths in the United States.
  • No one is ever drown-proof. However, being able to swim 300 yards continuously lowers the chance of ever drowning exponentially.
  • Being able to swim 300 yards continuously means you can: scuba dive, snorkel, become a lifeguard, compete in triathlons, play water polo, be on a swim team, teach swimming and much more.

Source: CDC, swimamerica.org