As one of life’s great pleasures, swimming offers many health and fitness benefits, cools you off in the summer and provides a wonderful opportunity to socialize with friends and family. Make sure you and yours stay safe in the water by being water aware.
When it comes to fun in and around the water, it’s never too early for swimmers to know what and what not to do. That’s why the St. Charles Park District developed a variety of awareness programs and activities designed to reinforce the “Swimming Safe Saves Lives” message. It’s a sad statistic, but drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths for children ages 1 to 14. Teaching children to swim is a vital skill for drowning prevention.
Joining the Park District in this water awareness campaign is the Pauly D Foundation , an initiative created by the Delle Grazie family of St. Charles whose 4-year-old son, Pauly, died in June, 2014, as the result of a drowning accident. It is the Foundation’s mission to honor Pauly’s memory by advocating for water safety and drowning prevention. But before the aquatic fun begins, swimmers are urged to commit to water awareness through the park district’s “Swim Safe” pledge program.
Awesome opportunities abound in June with “Swim Safe” programs and events for all ages and abilities. From free “Splash’n Classes” to “Splish’n Activities” each experience is designed to enhance and expand water safety in a fun and entertaining environment.
Swim Safe Pledge
Make a commitment to Swim Safe and share this important message with friends, family and neighbors. Participants agree to honor the Safe Swimmer pledge which promotes the five basic tenets of water safety awareness:
- Take swimming lessons
- Read the rules
- Know the water depth
- Swim with a buddy
- Swim with a lifeguard or adult on duty
Experience a presentation about swimming safe. Daily admission fees apply. Classes are cancelled in the case of inclement weather.
June 4 at 2pm
June 5 at 5pm
June 7 at 4pm
Select Days in June
Fun, safe activities to expand your aquatic knowledge and enhance your visit. Chance to win prizes, too! Daily admission fees apply.
4:30pm – Exclusive Tour Beyond the Pool Deck
1pm – Volleyball with a Lifeguard
5:30pm – Cannonball Contest
2pm – Photo Shoot with Ollie & June
World’s Largest Swim Lesson – FREE
A nationwide event geared toward building awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.
People from all over the globe will unite together in an attempt to break the current GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for water safety awareness
Thursday, June 18 ♦ 12-1pm
Advance registration required. To register: click here
The Sharing Wave
a pay-it-forward program
$521 Donated in 2019
The Sharing Wave supplements a water safety partnership between the Pauly D Foundation and the St. Charles Park District. Sharing Wave funds will be used to help children participate in Park District recreational and educational programs. Local families can qualify for assistance through the St. Charles Park Foundation’s Financial Aid Program. Donations can be made during the online registration process or onsite at the aquatic facilities. For more details, call 630-513-6200.
Hopping to Make a Difference!
FREE Swim Lessons
Bubble Club Frog Level for ages 3-4. For more information: click here