New data around the world has found that early swim lessons (between age 1 and 4) may confer added protection against drowning. Maybe a new rule should be swim lessons before the start of school?
Many parents tell me in clinic that they are terrified about their children drowning. If you’re one of those, arm yourself with information: read some of the links (below) and consider signing up for lessons. However, don’t use swim lessons as an excuse to decrease vigilance around the pool or lake or riverside. Young children between age 1 and 4 years of age drown the most. Drowning happens quickly, and sometimes it’s very quiet or even silent.
Information, Myths, Truths, And Opinion About Swimming Lessons And Water Safety
- Never let an infant or toddler out of arm’s reach when swimming or playing in water. There is good data stemming from an article published in March of 2009 to suggest swimming lessons may prove to be protective against drowning. Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injury in kids less 14 or younger.
- 6 myths about water safety
- Lots of pediatricians support infant swimming. Read this
- Great safety tips for lakes, ponds, beaches, & pools
- Tips on water safety
My Previous Posts On Drowning Prevention & Water Safety
- Infant Swimming Lessons (2010)
- Toddler Swim Lessons (2011)
- Portable Pools: Real Risk, Real Responsibility (2011)
- Quieter, Faster, & Closer Than You Think (2010)
- Your Friend’s Pool (2012)