The little kids started swimming lessons two days a week for the rest of the summer today. I should have started them sooner, but as a former instructor I know sometimes kids just aren’t ready, and finally all 3 of the younger ones are ready to learn.
The kids are doing great on their own-they are all close to learning how to swim, especially my oldest who loves to swim underwater. The littlest one at 2 he would walk into the pool until he was up to his neck and just keep going. I had to be on top of him every second. Now at 4, he’s better about staying where he’s supposed to be, but they still aren’t safe.
At their lesson today I sat by the side of the pool, and watched and talked to them as they took turns with the instructor. While the instructor was halfway up the pool with my oldest, my little guy bounced on the 4th step and fell off too far from the edge to grab a pole or pool edge and pull himself out.
It was all a flash.He couldn’t get back up. He was completely under the water. Silent. Still. Alone.
I knew what was happening. Within seconds I pulled him out without stopping to take off my sneakers. Did I have to jump in? Yes. By the time a lifeguard or his instructor got there he would have been under for 30 seconds maybe more. Too much time.
I’ll continue to go, sit and watch him, and his siblings as they try to swim and play, and take lessons at the pool, but you better believe I’ll have on my suit.
“Approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC).”
This quote is from a very through, and sobering article on drowning via Mario Vittone called “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning” Please read it.