Members of New Jersey’s legislative assembly have introduced Bill No. A618 requiring school districts to incorporate instruction on water safety as part of the health education curriculum for students in grades Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Bill A-618 would require that students be taught the proper use of flotation devices, how to become aware of water conditions, the danger of rip currents, how to respond if caught in one, and the importance of swimming in areas monitored by a lifeguard.
This year marks the 4th year New Jersey State Assemblyman Sean T. Kean & Assemblywoman Nancy F. Munoz will try to get the State to pass legislation requiring NJ school districts to provide instruction on water safety in NJ public schools.
The new Water Safety education additions would be incorporated under the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education.
A second Bill, number A-3776, would require the Commissioner of Education to develop an educational fact sheet on water safety, for public and non-public schools, that would be given to parents and guardians when their child is enrolled in school.
Assemblyman Sean Kean of NJ has led the way in getting Water Safety curriculum to become an integral part of every child’s education in New Jersey.
He has been joined by swim industry professionals, non-profit organizations, emergency responders, parents, and teachers, to support the movement and make water safety an important part of learning for all children throughout the state.
One such organization, the NJ Swim Safety Alliance (NJSSA), is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to unifying New Jersey aquatic and swim organizations and advocating for viable, safe conduct and enjoyment of the critical life skill of swimming.
Joe Oehme, owner and founder of Njswim is a Board Member of the NJSSA and has advocated teaching water safety to children in NJ for over 20 years.
Kean recently produced a video, outlining the new and improved water safety Bill A-618 and requesting support from families throughout New Jersey for this vital legislation.
Oehme and Kean point out that drowning is a leading cause of death for children and that all children throughout the state of NJ should have access to water safety education.
“Not every child across the State of New Jersey has access to a quality water safety program. This Bill will give every child an equal chance to be educated on water safety.” Joe Oehme, Owner & Founder of Njswim.
Water Safety Education for All Children
There is a movement throughout the country to make water safety education a priority for children in grades Kindergarten through 12.
The States of California and Florida have already passed important legislation making water safety education statewide requirement.
Similar Bills are now before lawmakers in New York State (Senate Bill S7938) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers Classroom Resources for Teacher as part of their nationwide “Saving Lives, Protecting People” initiative.
How to Get Involved – Show your Support for Water Safety Education in our Schools
Please show your support for water safety education for every child and help pass this landmark legislation this year!
It’s simple; please visit Support Water Safety in NJ and follow 3 simple steps to submit a letter of support to your New Jersey State Assembly Members and Senators.
Njswim Team Members & Families in Support of Water Safety Bill A618
For over 20 years, Njswim Schools have been advocates and thought leaders, teaching water safety to children in New Jersey.
They offer free water safety presentations to hundreds of elementary and pre-schools every year, complete with child-friendly mascots, storyboard presentations and interactive props that include and inspire school children.
But, for every child they reach, there are thousands of children that are not properly trained on how to be careful and remain safe, in or near water, and all too often the results can be tragic.
About Njswim Founder- Joe Oehme
Joe Oehme has been teaching swimming for over 30 years. In 2001, he founded Njswim – New Jersey’s leading swim school. He is regarded as a thought leader and action-oriented advocate for water safety in New Jersey.
Over the past several years, Joe has worked diligently with New Jersey Lawmakers to provide expertise and insight on the creation and implementation of a Water Safety curriculum to be introduced in NJ public schools.
Joe is an active member of the United States Swim School Association, Stop Drowning Now and an advocate for the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.
Most recently, Mr. Oehme became a Founding Board Member of the New Jersey Swim Safety Alliance.
Njswim is the largest privately owned swim school in the State of New Jersey with over 150 highly trained employees teaching swim lessons to over 5,000 swim students every week.
They offer quality year-round swim lessons for all ages and abilities, available at seven premier locations.
Their developmental approach to swimming starts with water babies at age three months.
The program offers a variety of safety swim lessons for toddlers and preschoolers, and developmental stroke technique through advanced stroke mechanics and swim team prep for kids of all ages.
Students enrolled at Njswim are led through a series of safety skills designed to enhance the aquatic experience and instill self-confidence in a safe and positive atmosphere.
Njswim’s proprietary “learn to float philosophy” teaches safety first and is the cornerstone to their swim teaching progression.
Their curriculum is rooted in a gentle, nurturing approach to what can be a very intimidating lesson in a child’s life. Njswim believes that introducing a water safety curriculum in our schools is a great start to give people the education and awareness needed to make good decisions in and around the water.
Show Your Support
Go to Support Water Safety in NJ to show your support.