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|But recent research from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign shows that nearly 9 out of 10 children between ages 1 and 14 who drowned were under supervision when they died. The study defined supervision as being in someone's care, not necessarily in direct line of sight.|
|Adequate supervision means not sitting poolside reading, socializing with guests, chatting on the phone, operating the grill or listening to music with a headset. Such distractions are deadly, child trauma experts said.|
Knowing how to swim will not ensure you won't ever drown, but it'll definately decrease your chances.
Also, swimming is fun.
But in order to learn to swim well, kids need to spend a lot of time in the water. 1 hour swim lesson per week won't teach anyone to swim well enough to avoid drowning- especially not a child.
I beleive that swimming is like learning a language- the easiest way to become fluent is to learn as a child.
I guess my feeling is that it's hard, but important, to give kids the opportunity to be in the water a lot, under close supervision untill they learn to swim like fish. It's a lofty goal, but if you want your child to be safe near the water, tyou need to teach him or her about the water and allow him or her the time to learn.
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