Distraction a Common Factor in Childhood Drowning Incidents

Florida Swim School Offering Swimming Lessons

A new study conducted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) at Sydney indicates that distractions and household chores are among the most common reasons for failing to supervise children properly in pools and other bodies of water. Researchers at UNSW found that more than four out of 10 child drownings in Australia involved distraction on the part of caregivers who were doing indoor or outdoor chores. Watching your children carefully any time they are in water is a key element in childhood drowning prevention.

Parents and Caregivers Face Many Distractions

Along with routine household chores, lawn work and other necessary activities, most caregivers and parents also have plenty of other distractions to contend with as they watch over their children. Mobile phones offer access to information at the touch of a screen and make talking to friends and family easy and convenient from wherever you happen to be. They can also prevent you from paying full attention to your children when they are in or near swimming pools and other areas where water is present.

Swimming Lessons for Childhood Drowning Prevention

In many cases, swimming lessons designed specifically to prevent drowning are a great precautionary measure for younger children. Baby Otter Swim School is an established Florida swim school that provides lessons across the United States for the Turn, Kick, Reach® method, which is widely regarded as the world’s fastest learn-to-swim program. The Florida swim school instructors can travel to your pool to provide five lessons that will help most children aged eight months and up to learn to protect themselves from drowning.

Turn, Kick, Reach®

The method used by Baby Otter Swim School is intended to provide real help in childhood drowning prevention. There are three steps in the method:

  • Children are taught to turn toward the point at which they fell or jumped into the water.
  • They then kick their feet, which propels them toward the edge of the pool or other body of water.
  • By reaching for the side and steps of the pool, pond or stream, children can then hold on until help comes for them.

To learn more about the options available from this Florida swim school, call Baby Otter Swim School today at 954-704-0080 or toll-free at 1-888-794-6543. Our team will be happy to work with you to schedule a session for your community.