Swim lessons can help pre­vent child­hood drown­ing

The Kent Island Bay Times - - News -

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 elisethom­son@hot­mail.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...

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