Pool drownings are extremely scary and can impact a parent and child’s life for as long as they live. From taking extra precautions, paying for swimming lessons, buying the best and most expensive pool alarm, to preventing their kid from ever swimming again it really does impact lives. But what if from the beginning of a child’s life, they were given access to swimming lessons, were shown the ropes on how to prevent drownings and how dangerous swimming can be especially unsupervised. Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will. Imagine how dangerous that could be. There are so many situations that knowing how to swim let alone back floating can save your life and others.
Some steps to prevent drowning are, taking CPR lessons, supervising the pool at all times, avoid drinking alcohol when by bodies of water, fence in your pool to prevent others from walking in and drowning, install pool alarms, keeping emergency equipment handy, being aware of filters and hot tub drains because locks of hair can get caught, and removing toys from pools to assure no little ones will try to get in the pool to retrieve them
Childhood drownings still occur even if parents take precautions, the best thing you can do is be aware of the signs, get educated, and spread awareness.
In a post from the Washington Post, Tom Dolan, an Olympic gold medalist in swimming, goes over important tips parents should know to keep their kids safe around pools. Check out these helpful words of advice.
Some resources on learning CPR and getting certified: https://www.cprcertified.com/blog/where-can-i-find-cpr-certification-near-me