Water Safety Awareness Week

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05/25/13, 05/26/13, 05/27/13, 05/28/13, 05/29/13, 05/30/13, 05/31/13


Saturday, May 25th, Wildwater Kingdom opened for the 2013 summer season with a visit by Two Time Olympic Swimming Cullen Jones. Cullen started the summer season for our guests with an important message of water safety as they start to make their plans to visit the waterpark over the next few months. Cullen’s visit to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom also kicked off a partnership between Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom and the U.S. Swimming Foundation in support of the Make a Splash initative. Cullen currently serves as an ambassador for this program, which focuses on teaching children and minorities to swim and the importance of water safety and drowning prevention.

In support of this partnership, Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom will host a Water Safety Awareness Week May 25-31 providing tips and facts to guests as they prepare for the summer swimming season. As a part of this campaign, discount tickets will be available online with $1 of ticket sales going to support the Make a Splash initiative during the week. In addition, guests who complete a swim lesson course during the 2013 summer season will be able to present their certificate for a discount ticket at the park through Labor Day.


Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. To date, the Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning. To date, more than 1.8 million kids have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through our Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit www.makeasplash.org


Why should your child learn to swim? Because learning to swim significantly reduce the risk of drowning. When planning your next trip to Wildwater Kingdom, the best way to be prepared is to participate in learn to swim instruction prior to your visit. Equip your child with this life skill and you'll also be giving him/her access to all the fun and fitness the water can provide!

Find a local Make A Splash partner providing learn to swim programs.


For Children
  • Learn to Swim!
  • Follow pool rules.
  • Never swim alone. Use the buddy system.
  • If someone in the water is in trouble, reach, throw, but don’t go! 
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For Adults
  • Teach children to swim as early as possible, and talk about water safety
  • Brief all child care providers on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision
  • If a child is missing, check the water first; seconds count in preventing death and disability
  • Keep constant watch on all children in and around the water; Do not be distracted while watching the water, this includes eating, talking, cell phones, reading, etc.
  • Do not leave your post as a water watcher until you are assured another adult has taken over responsibility; Never assume someone else is watching the pool area
  • Keep a phone near the pool for emergency use, and pre-program speed dial with emergency numbers
  • Clear all toys and items from home pools when not in use; keep furniture away from pool gates and fencing to avoid a child climbing over and gaining access to the pool area
  • Install four-sided fencing, self-closing and self-latching gates, and pool alarms for all pools
  • Call 911 if an emergency situation occurs and follow the instructions of the dispatcher; don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable lifesaving seconds
  • Post CPR instructions in the pool area and learn the procedures
  • Keep rescue equipment and a first aid kit poolside
  • Flotation devices are NOT a substitute for proper adult supervision; Never allow a child in a pool without adult supervision
  • Do not think you’ll hear a child who’s in trouble in the water; Drowning is silent, with no splashing to alert someone a child is in trouble
  • Find more resource tools here