An average of thirty five hundred people drown on a yearly basis in the United States. Out of that number, nearly 80% are males. Also, a relatively high proportion is made up of children. The numbers have a tendency to increase during the summer period each year when temperatures soar. This increase in temperature have a strong influence on making more individuals take a dip in the cooling water.
For Walter Glenn, it has become quite a norm to spend several days a week in the pool along with his daughters during the summer season. “Quality time with my daughters, build a relationship with them, show how much I care. When they’re in the pool, if I don’t let them drown then they trust me. So, it builds a trust relationship,” he states. Aside from building a good relationship with them, he is also reducing the chances that his children will drown or get injured in the water.
According to researchers at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a child is hurt every six minutes while swimming. “Water can be extremely fun. But at the same time there is some danger behind it if you’re not familiar with the water environment. You can never drown proof somebody. Even an Olympic swimmer can get a cramp and they need rescuing as well. So what swim lessons do is they give the knowledge about how to save themselves. Get to the side of the pool if they get a cramp or get injured,” explained Chris Pinto, Wilson Family Y Aquatics’s Director.
Further research also showed that African Americans are three times more likely to drown compared to other races. This has encouraged the Family Y to set up a program for local inner city children to learn more about water safety. “Every single second grade student in Richmond County come through and do a week long water safety seminar with them called SPLASH which is swim, play, learn, aquatics safety habits,” added Chris.
“It’s very important, if you don’t know how to swim and you get out there the lifeguard can’t get there in time especially a little kid. It’s like a teaspoon of water you can drown,” said Walter, who taught habits to his children sooner to avoid danger in future. Chris also reinforced that parents should perform their role by always keeping an eye on their children in the water. For the full story, you can check it out here.
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