Many parents believe that their child’s ability to swim is adequate and will prevent drowning tragedies however other parents know deep down that their child’s level of swimming safety is extremely low. The parents that realize their child has less than adequate swimming skills are in a much better starting place than those that believe a drowning risk is reduced simply because their child can swim. Common sense seems to be winning over the facts of why drownings occur.
We have all heard of the terrible twos and many parents have much experience with this difficult stage of child development. It is not just one issue that leads to the frustrations of the terrible twos but one issue stands out that can create safe swimmers at this age, long term memory! By the time a child is 18 months old he or she has developed long term memory. Continue reading
Many publicized drownings are usually associated with famous people and more times than not this tragedy occurred in a hazardous hot tubs. Let’s explore why that is. Most people believe that children have the ability to understand common dangers however this is a mistake because children are “experience” learners. Continue reading
Drowning is always a risk for children regardless of their ability to swim. When I began researching drowning risks I was shocked to find that even the leading child safety experts were not promoting swimming lessons as the first line of defense against drowning. Continue reading