Splish Splash: Sun, Sand and Swim

Splish Splash: Sun, Sand and Swim

We are smack dab in the middle of summer and the holiday is just around the corner. For many of us this means going to the beach or enjoying some form of water activity.

Just like everyone else, my family and I indulge in some sort of adventure that involves water. Whether it be taking a trip to the beach or getting a day pass at a popular Hotel, splashing and soaking up some sun rays is a must!

It was not until recently (after watching Moana for the 100th) time I realized that even though we have been partaking in this tradition for years almost none of us can swim. I mean  4 out of 5 of us can not swim.

We live in an archipelago of islands. An island is a mass of land surrounded by water. We are surrounded by water and a large majority of the population cannot swim. Why I can’t swim is a very good question given the information I mentioned above.

Somehow despite my father being a great swimmer and even my husband I totally missed that life lesson.

Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death among children, so being able to swim is an essential life saving skill, especially for us surrounded by water.

I tried to think of reasons why  many of us islanders don’t know how to swim. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. We are afraid of the water
  2. Our parents don’t know how to swim
  3. We probably don’t want to get our hair wet

Yea I know, I am not quite sold on those reasons either but they do have some truth to it (especially wetting my hair). Given this known fact I decided to bypass the ballet classes and get my daughter in the water. She’s 6 years old and currently learning how to swim. Aside from learning an important life skill, every Saturday she has the opportunity to bond with friends, gain health benefits and confidence.

You didn’t think I’d just throw her in the deep and hope she floats right?

Swim Classes come in all shapes and sizes. Some enroll infants and others wait until your kids are a bit older and then some are for adults only. The point is there are swim classes available or you can learn from that uncle who from Inagua and always bringing down fish.

Learning to swim can mean the difference between life and death! If you are serious please check links below.

Swift Swimming

Aquafins

Baby Aquaticus

Dolphin Swim

Sea Waves Aquatic

 

Of course there are many more swim classes that are hosted privately and publicly and I encourage to explore them all.

Enjoy the Holiday and Be Safe!

Till next time..

XOXO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk ME To School…

When I was younger I walked to primary school. Sometimes with my big sisters but as time pressed on and they went on to junior high I walked with other kids in the neighborhood.

Well except this one time, the neighbor had a bad dog and I was terrified of walking but that’s another story…

It was different then. It was the 90’s and there was a group of us and I was at least in the 3rd grade or higher.

Now a days I see kids walking to school, can’t be no more than 5 years old or less ALONE!

It’s scary out there with big highways and fast cars. Way more than what I was use to in my time.

I have a 5 year old and I would NEVER let her walk to school alone at this age.

Are you parents cray cray?!!

Ok I get it.

Wait no I don’t…

See I have work at 7.30am… The crack of dawn and I am not even a morning person so let that sink in.

I have two kids to drop off all before I get to work and guess what…

None of them are walking or left alone inside the school yard.

It is possible to do this because HELLO I am doing it! And I don’t have a housekeeper or nanny to assist either .. Although I do have an awesome mom that can assist when needed but that’s not the point..

Parents we need to network and open up. Not every works a 9-5 and it’s difficult juggling work and being a parent. I know this, I get it. But there has to be a way to assist one another. Talk to the teacher, ask your neighbor, the security guard, a family member someone that can assist with transporting your kids safely to school.

I made friends with a parent that has a son in the same school, same grade but not same class. I leave my 5 year old with her. I trust her and she trusts me. Now a days this is not the norm but it is possible.

Before that I had spoken with the teacher, found out my options of how I can secure my child to school and still make it to work on time. If that didn’t work out I had a plan c. Having a chat with my boss and seeing what could’ve been done.

My kids are precious and safety is very important. You child should be as well. It’s scary and cold out there.


So mommy or daddy won’t you walk your kids to school? Please?

Till next time…

Xoxo