Every parent of young children has an overwhelming fear of the water. So when I mentioned to my kids’ swim instructor that our 4th of July plans included some serious beach time and that my kids had been venturing further and further into the ocean waves… it made me feel better that he told me to bring their life jackets to our next swim lesson.
Honestly, it never occurred to me that they might need lessons to get the most out of their life jackets. If you’re like me, you probably assume that if you throw life jackets on your kids, you have nothing to worry about. But my kids’ instructor informed me that balance in the water while wearing a life jacket is a completely different feeling and it’s important to practice… which makes perfect sense.
If you have swimming lessons planned for the kiddos before you leave for a water vacation, bring the life jackets along to class and ask your instructor to help them get ready for fun on the open water.
Thank you… to the talented Zoe Sheehan, who was kind enough to let us use her beautiful life jacket photograph for this post. You can check out her work at Zoe Sheehan Saldana. By the way, how cool would this life jacket photograph look framed and hung to freshen up a lake house or in a little boy’s bathroom for a pop of color?
Also, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, there is no better swim instruction company than ALL-STAR ACADEMY.