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ParentingU is a podcast by Our Lady of the Lake Children's Health, where we sit down with doctors and experts to talk about important topics that all parents face. We're here to help you navigate this amazing journey we call parenting.

Jun 28, 2021

South Louisiana has an amazing water safety resource in Shelly Ripple Rogers and Crawfish Aquatics. Shelly is a former NCAA Champion swimmer and a member of the Stanford Swimming Hall of Fame. Now, as CEO of Crawfish Aquatics, Shelly is able to help families gain the skills to be water prepared for a lifetime. On this episode of ParentingU, Shelly explains to host Stephanie some of the basics about how to talk to kids about water safety (without making water scary); what swim skills can be learned at what ages; practical tips for making the pool a safer place to be; and what a Water Watcher is and how to be a responsible Water Watcher.

Crawfish Aquatics has lots of free resources to help community members be water safe, including certain free classes. Listen to the show and be a part of the ongoing conversation of swimming skills and water safety.

Mentioned on the show:

- Do you have a little one who needs to learn to swim? Details about the classes available are here and on the Crawfish Swim School website: https://crawfishswimschool.com/

- Be a Water Watcher! Pledge to be the eyes on the water, whenever anyone is playing poolside. Get your own Water Watcher card here from Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health: https://ololchildrens.org/blogs/water-watchers

- Learn more about our guest, Shelly, on the Crawfish Aquatics website.

- Shelly told us about resources available from the US Swim Schools Association. Parent resources from USSSA available on their website: https://www.usswimschools.org/parent-resources/

- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has a website, Pool Safely with lots of resources for parents to use to help keep kids water safe. Visit: https://www.poolsafely.gov/

- Stay tuned to ParentingU: we have two more episodes on water safety, including hearing from Heather, the mom of Mazie and the founder of Mazie’s Mission plus Dr. Michael Odinet, Emergency Room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes.

We hope you find this Bonus episode of ParentingU informative and timely. You can hear all episodes of ParentingU on our website or on your favorite podcast app including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts.

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