Swim lessons can help prevent childhood drowning
STEVENSVILLE — Everyone should learn basic water safety and how to swim. The earlier the better.
“All infants and young children, especially those living around the Eastern Shore, should learn how to swim from an early age so that they are comfortable around water,” according to Aqua Swimming and Training’s Red Cross certified swim instructor Diana Sell. “Swim lessons can save lives.”
Drowning is responsible for more childhood deaths under the age of 4 than any cause besides birth defects, and among those aged 1-14 it’s the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death after motor vehicle crashes. “These statistics are staggering,” said Peggy Miller, another Aqua Swimming and Training certified instructor. With so many people in the Chesapeake Bay region living near water, she said, “Learning to swim is even more important.”
Important safety tips for swimming with children at the pool or beach, or while boating include: Be Vigilant. Teach children to always ask for permission before entering water and to never swim alone. Remind children of rules, such as no running on pool decks. Lifejackets should be worn by children who cannot swim unless they are being closely supervised. Provide frequent breaks and monitor children for exhaustion and dehydration. Consider hiring a lifeguard for pool parties.
Always be careful near water, even around the household. Bathtubs, toilets, and puddles can present drowning dangers to small children. Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that children playing in water make noise. It’s when things go quiet nearby adults must be their most vigilant. “You’re not going to hear a child screaming for help when they’re about to go under,” cautioned certified instructor Teresa Scalco Crider.
For more information contact Elise Thomson at 410-9246426 or email@example.com, or Peggy Miller at 410-739-5967 or miller1111@ hotmail.com.
Former Queentown Bank President Tommy Rhodes, center, surrounded by his family and some of the 210 people who turned out to wish him well during his retirement party, held at the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department, Friday evening, Oct. 27. From the left are son-in-law Willie Comegys, daughter Heather Rhodes Comegys, Rhodes, grandson Billy Comegys and wife Cindy Rhodes.