Most child drownings are preventable.
92-year-old swimming teacher Jen Fielding said it best recently in a KWWL story:
“Everyone should learn to swim because it’s for their own safety. They should be able to save themselves.”
Drownings are the second leading cause of accidental injury death for children under the age of 14.
One swimming school in Texas is doing something I thought was really cool – teaching kids (especially young ones) to swim IN THEIR CLOTHES.
Because most emergencies don’t happen when children are in their swimming attire.
Teacher Jane Emler put it succintly:
“When you talk about pre-schoolers anything can throw them off. And when they practice over and over again with goggles on and a swim suit, they think that’s the only way they swim. So it’s really important that we broaden their understanding that swimming can occur, maybe not as well, but it can occur with your clothes on.”
So Emler holds “Clothesline Day” at her school where kids take the plunge in their every day duds.
Of course, places like the YMCA and community recreation centers offer swimming lessons year round.
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This post was written by qni_it on August 24, 2011