Dry drowning and secondary drowning have recently been in the news with the death of a Texas toddler suffering from this condition. It is frightening for parents to read stories like this because they want to keep their children safe. We want to empower, educate, and bring awareness to this issue so you and your family can stay safe this summer. Here are some tips and reading material so you are prepared and aware!
"In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found that more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can't swim or don't have all of the basic swimming skills." - The World's Largest Swimming Lesson
SafeSplash Austin participated in the annual "World's Largest Swimming Lesson" this week. The event, originally created by the World Waterpark Association in 2010, aims to highlight the importance of swimming lessons as a "life-saving skill for children and a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for U.S. children ages 1-14" explains the organization.
I started swim team as a child because my Mom wanted something for me and my sisters to do during the summer. I think her purpose was to keep us out of trouble and wear my sister and me out. Little did she know that decision was going to change my life forever.
May is Drowning Prevention Month. It is a dire subject, but being water safe is a major part of our mission here at SafeSplash. With Summer around the corner, more families will be visiting the local pool or body of water and it is a good time to reevaluate your water safety practices. Please take a moment to read some water safety tips below by the National Drowning Prevention Alliance.