After reading of the near tragedy in Victoria recently in Laura Banks’ article for the Northern Weekly entitled “Swim and Survive: Time to Turn the Tide on Child Drownings,” I realized that it could have been any one of us parents who nearly lost a child due to the fact that we haven’t taught them to swim. All focus in child safety at the moment is about guns, gun safety, and how we can protect our children in an increasingly violent world. While I agree that this is important to our children’s continued safety, let’s not forget the little things that keep them safe as well.
Nine out of ten children will be in a pool, lake, river, or at the beach often in the upcoming summer season. It’s important to teach them to swim and all of the swimming safety rules that go along with that. Having a child in the water, whether it is a pool or a lake, means they should be able to know how to swim before you put them there. Many children have drowned because we tell ourselves that teaching a child to swim can always wait until they are a little older. Don’t put off what can be done today. Sign your little ones up for swimming classes, and have a little peace of mind when you are frolicking in the water this upcoming summer.