When we began serving the Katy community in 2004, we made a commitment to providing area children with the skill set to be safe in the water through survival swim lessons. We’ve put in the work to ensure the way we teach our students and the aquatic safety measures we share on our platform align with what is truly best for children of all ages to prevent pediatric drownings. 

The National Drowning Prevention Alliance, in partnership with Nicole Hughes, has launched the “End the Misinformation” campaign in an effort to implore retailers to stop selling flotation devices like puddle jumpers marketed as safe alternatives to proper swim lessons and parental supervision. The product packaging includes language like “Learn to swim easily,” and “Parents can finally enjoy peace of mind,” which provides parents with grossly false assumptions regarding their child’s safety in the water. 

Nicole’s son Levi drowned while on a family vacation in June 2018. He had been using a puddle jumper earlier in the day when they were swimming, but he drowned later in the day during the non-swim time. Nicole remains an advocate for change on the critical issue of puddle jumpers since then, and we’ve had the privilege of working alongside Nicole to continue to share the message regarding the dangers of puddle jumpers

End the Misinformation

We invite you to take the time to watch this important video from the NDPA and Nicole Hughes and then sign the open letter in an effort to make a major change happen that changes the marketing language that is used on websites, packaging and promotional materials. Drowning is preventable, and by changing the way in which materials like puddle jumpers are sold, we can make a difference. 

At the end of the day, one of the most important layers of protection, aside from survival swimming lessons, is parental supervision. Drowning does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone at any time. But drowning is preventable. Being present when your child is in or around water is invaluable. Whether they are advanced swimmers or are working through their survival swimming lessons right now, parents should be engaged and focused on their children. No smart devices, no phones, no books and no side conversations. Give your child your full undivided attention during their time in the water. 

If you do use puddle jumpers with your child, it’s time to stop. Puddle jumpers provide a false sense of security for both your child and yourself, and the only thing that can come out of that isn’t good. Enroll your child in proper survival swim lessons and give them the skills they need to be able to get themselves to safety should the unthinkable happen. There is no substitute for proper swim lessons. 

Your Katy Survival Swim Experts

There is nothing more important than your child’s safety. From car seats to seat belt usage to food choices and more, parents spend so much time researching products and listening to their doctors about what to do and how to properly give their kids what they need. Survival swim lessons are no different. They can save a child’s life. They give them a strong foundation to be safe in the water. They instill confidence in the water that will be used throughout their lifetime. Give us a call to learn more about Texas Swim Academy and our survival swim program today.


Texas Swim Academy is a state-of-the-art swimming facility offering water safety, survival swim, and kids swimming lessons in Katy, Texas. Owners Kathleen and Bruce McMordie, alongside our certified staff, help parents introduce children to water at an early age through the Infant Survival Swim Program , teaching life-saving techniques and basic swimming skills.

Our Stroke Development Program offers six different levels to help students progress in their swimming skills at his or her own pace. Our Adaptive Aquatics Program was created specifically for children with special abilities. Find swimming class registration information here. By subscribing to Texas Swim Academy’s blog , you can stay current on valuable water safety resources such as survival swim, health and wellness, Texas Swim Academy news and more. Follow our Facebook , Twitter, and YouTube pages for even more news, updates, and tips!