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03 Sep

Understanding When Childhood Drowning Most Often Occurs

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When people picture what it looks like to drown, many see a cartoon-like image of someone wildly flailing their arms and splashing while bobbing about in the middle of a pool or a lake. What people don’t realize is that drowning is almost always nearly silent, and it doesn’t take a large body of water for it to happen, nor does it always happen while people are actually in the pool and swimming together.

Drowning Doesn’t Always Occur When a Child Is Swimming

Sometimes a swimming child will find him or herself in a situation where he or she needs help in order to avoid an emergency when in the pool, lake or ocean during a planned swimming session. But the reality is, drownings most often occur when people aren’t even swimming.

It takes only seconds for a youngster to unknowingly leave the home through an unlocked sliding glass door, through a backyard gate and even through a pet or “doggie” door. And sadly, this is the typical situation for childhood drowning.

This can, and has, happened to even the best of parents for a variety of reasons. 

  1. Distraction

Parents and caregivers responsible for watching over kids often multitask and are engaged in other activities like food preparation, checking emails, doing laundry and so many other daily activities that are necessary.

  1. Distance

Younger children who are not within eyesight of a responsible parent or caregiver are at a much greater risk of drowning. Even a quick trip to the bathroom or running into the kitchen to grab a snack can be potentially hazardous for a curious child.

  1. False Sense of Security

Security in numbers is something far too few of us rely on. This is something which resonates with the friends and family of Levi Hughes, a beautiful 3-year-old boy who suffered a tragic drowning after quietly exiting a room filled with children and responsible adults. It’s vital to never assume someone else is watching a child. 

Katy Swim Lessons a Proven Preventative Measure in Drowning

In 2018, drowning claimed the lives of 91 children in Texas. Swimming lessons play a critical role in teaching children to have a healthy respect for the water and how to survive should they find themselves in a dangerous, life-threatening situation.

Children around the age of one can successfully learn valuable life-saving swim skills which ensures that they can remain safe should they find themselves in an unanticipated dangerous aquatic environment.

The Survival Swim Lessons taught here at Katy’s Texas Swim Academy ease precious youngsters into the water. Once comfortable, our knowledgeable and trained instructors work with babies and toddlers to teach them how to easily roll from their fronts to their backs in the water and then float until found.

For children who are in preschool or elementary school, we offer private lessons as well as group lessons that are geared towards teaching children important swim skills and how to be respectful of the water in a fun and engaging environment.

We also understand that children on the autism spectrum can particularly be drawn to water. This is why we offer our highly specialized Adaptive Aquatics program so that children of any ability can learn critical water survival skills while still having a great time in the water.

For more details on our swim programs, we invite you to contact us online, stop by our Katy swim facility or give us a call at (832) 437-6186.

SWIM SCHOOL IN KATY 

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!