What is ‘THE SEASONAL DROWNING SYNDROME’?
It is the MISCONCEPTION by parents that their children will
only drown during the summer season either in the swimming
pool or on the beach.
What happens to hopefully prevent this MISCONCEPTION? Parents
scuttle like crazy trying to find a Swimming Teacher or
Swimming Instructor who will ‘magically’ teach
their children to swim ‘quickly’ before swimming
in the pool or going to the beach.
Another MISCONCEPTION! Children only drown in large bodies
How are we made aware of ‘THE SEASONAL DROWNING SYNDROME’?
Every year from September to December the media dramatically
place great emphasis on Water Safety Awareness, the need
for children to learn to swim, report drowning. We read
about how ‘other people’s children drown’
and have ‘pity’ for the parents.
Whose responsibility is this really? It is ‘always’
the parents responsibility at all times to learn and to
teach Water Safety Awareness hints within and without the
home THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, to ensure their child/children
learn to swim. There is no short cut or quick method. When
a child drowns they are gone forever and it could be yours.
It is not fair to a child to experience death by drowning
through suffocation in water due to the parent’s negligence.
Should a child drown it is the parent’s fault regardless
of whose care the child is in. DROWNING IS NOT SEASONAL
Instructing safety in and around water does not mean that
children will remember, not when they are having fun. Therefore,
always KNOW WHERE THEY ARE, never ASSUME they are safe and
always keep them WITHIN ARM’S LENGTH. Your excuses
are never acceptable and will never bring LIFE back to a
Do not ASSUME a Swimming Teacher’s qualification
ensures knowledge, experience and the vital education needed
by you and your child/children. A good Teacher will teach
safe practice in and around water throughout the year in
a pristine, healthy, safe, warm, well managed, fun yet quiet
environment. Choose a Teacher for the best, safest education
for your child/children.
Learning to swim is a life skill, healthy and fun! Live
Water Safety each day of your life!
A comment from Penny Heyns about the website www.childrenswimming.co.za ‘Water safety is a fundamental life skill and as such
your website serves as a very important resource for all
who need instruction and inspiration to be safe and have
fun in a healthy way’.
The website www.childrenswimming.co.za is a RESOURCE WEBSITE (available knowledge) free of charge
except the time you need to browse it.
Contact THE CHILD ACCIDENT PREVENTION FOUNDATION OF SOUTH
AFRICA for a list of Swimming Teachers/Instructors in your
Teacher/Consultant Life Skills in Water
+27 (021) 786 5659
+ 27 (0)73 641 0813
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