I was a “water baby”. Loved to be in the pool, lake, ocean, whatever. My mom was a strong swimmer, but my dad felt he was only able to survive in the water; not having any desire to be immersed in a body of water other than a bathtub.
So I got a lot of safety training, as well as more advanced water skills training. That being said, I’ve been in trouble in the water enough times to (hopefully) not get complacent while enjoying the lake, pool or ocean and occasional river. Things do happen unexpectedly. The old stand-byes of the buddy system and getting approval from parents as to where I was going, who I would be with, and when I would be back ran deep.
Several Years ago, There was a great article by Mario Vittone entitled “Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning” Its a great read and I strongly encourage you to follow the link to get to it. Please read his article, click here
I did a quick fact check and discovered that drowning is still considered by many to be one of the top 10 causes of death in children under the age of 15.
The best advice he has in the article, but by no means the only gem is “children playing in the water make noise, When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.”
Remember that distances are hard to guess over water. Swimming across the cove is usually not a good idea unless the swimmer is very strong.