Safety Facts
Penguin City Swim

Safety Facts

 

The Good News

Studies published by the Children’s Safety Network indicate that formal swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning in 1- to 4-year-old children by 88%

The Unfortunate Facts

  • According to the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of 5. Nearly 1,000 kids die each year by drowning.
  • The Children’s Safety Network reports that, of preschoolers who drown, the vast majority (70 percent) are in the care of at least one parent.
  • Most drownings happen in home pools. 98 percent of preschoolers who drown, do so in the child’s pool or the pool of a friend, neighbor or relative. (National Center for Injury Prevention & Control)
  • The likelihood of drowning in natural water settings (lakes, oceans, and rivers) increases with age (CDC)
  • For every child who drowns, another four are hospitalized, and 16 receive emergency department care for near-drowning. (American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • In the most severe cases, near drowning may lead to brain damage, memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (vegetative state) (CDC)
  • 4% of children hospitalized for near drowning are transferred to rehabilitation hospitals (NIS)

 

The Risks & How to Manage Them

The main factors that affect drowning risk are lack of swimming ability, lack of barriers to prevent unsupervised water access, lack of close supervision while swimming, location, failure to wear life jackets, alcohol use, and seizure disorders.

  • Many adults and children report that they can’t swim. Research shows that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning for all age groups.
  • Barriers, such as pool fencing, prevent young children from gaining access to the pool area without caregivers’ awareness. A four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard) reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83% compared to three-sided property-line fencing.

Drowning can happen quickly and quietly anywhere there is water.  Close Supervision is required.  Parents of young swimmers should learn CPR, first-aid, and rescue techniques. An emergency action plan and phone should be kept by the pool at all times.

 

Please Contact Us For Fall Registration

SUNDAYS
3 PM to 7 PM at
YORKSHIRE TOWERS
305 E 86th &
2nd Ave

 MONDAYS
3 PM to 5 PM at
THE MONTEREY

175 East
96th St

WEDNESDAYS 
3 PM to 5 PM at 
THE MONTEREY 

175 East
96th St

THURSDAYS
3:30 PM to 7:00 PM at
New York Sports Club

1637 Third Ave &
E 91st St

3 Convenient Locations in Manhattan 

E 91st Street

New York Sports Club

1637 Third Ave
(NE corner of 91st st)

New York, NY 10128

Pool Type:

Multi Lane Lap pool

Temperature:

82 degrees

Rules and Regulations:

Presented upon registration

 

 

 

E 86th Street

YORKSHIRE TOWERS

305 East 86th Street
(NE corner of 2nd Ave)

New York, NY 10128

Pool Type:

Multi Lane Lap pool

Temperature:

82 degrees

Rules and Regulations:

Presented upon registration

 

 

 

E 96th Street

The Monterey

175 East 96th street

New York, NY 10129

Pool Type: 

Two Lane Lap Pool

Temperature:

84 degrees

Rules and Regulations:

Presented upon registration

 

Recommended Reviews for Penguin City Swim

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Betty H

Betty H.
New York, NY

I took 6 weeks of adult group swimming lessons (with teacher Rick) and really enjoyed it. Rick was knowledgeable and thorough, and he made learning fun. I really liked the small class size (5 or fewer people). The owner, Miles, who is super nice, was there by the poolside every week, too. I learned a lot and advanced more quickly than I ever thought was possible. I would definitely recommend Penguin City Swim!
(Note: I took lessons at the St. Bartholomew's location)

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Teresa H.

Teresa H.
New York, NY

My daughter has had a very good experience with Penguin City Swim so far. She has been enrolled in a number of other swim programs, but has never progressed as quickly as she has with this program.  In only a few lessons, she is demonstrating real skills! We are so pleased with the program that we have enrolled my son. I have found Miles to be accessible, accommodating and friendly.  I also love that there are so many locations on the UES. Overall, very pleased with PCS.

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Rosa S.

Rosa S.
New York, NY

As an adult learner, I have a fear of water and absolutely zero skills. I was skeptical of anyone helping me at 25, but decided to give swimming lessons a try. This place is not too far from me, so I scheduled my first class.

The instructors are super patient and infinitely kind. When I wasn't ready to try something, they though of another way for me to do it. They really meet you at your level, and work with you to learn how to swim at your own pace. At the end of an hour, I went from barely being able to stand in water to paddling with a kick board, my face underwater.

I have tried learning how to swim at least half a dozen times, and always gave up. Penguin Swim is the first time I've really wanted to go back, and feel excited and confident that I can do it!!  Plus the facilities are clean and not crowded!

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Carly M.

Carly M.
Astoria, Queens, NY

My son took one private lesson with an instructor and his ability to swim has improved tenfold. My 5 year old has been swimming on his own for a year but expressed interest in racing. His form was at best a struggling doggie paddle and no matter how much my dad and I worked with him in the pool we could not get him flat when he swam.

After one private lesson he now is swimming completely flat and holding his breath underwater much longer. He will jump into the pool head first and then propel himself with just his feet and arms at his side at great speed. The facility was also very clean and plenty of space. Can't wait for him to get back in the fall when lessons start again.

Penguin city swim - rated 5 stars - best swim instructors in NYC

Heather A.

Heather A.
Manhattan, NY

Great facility! Took a swimming lesson and really enjoyed it. All the children looked like they were having the time of their lives.

Questions?

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