For years Laurie has been advocating his anecdotal evidence that learning to swim teaches children a respect for the water and makes them less likely to wander into life threating situations.
Now there is evidence to support Laurie’s claim. In 2009, R.A. Brenner did a case study on this and reported in the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine a positive link between drowning prevention and swimming lessons.
His case study reported that children between 1 and 4 years of age who had formal swimming lessons had an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning. Of course learning to swim is only one element parents should follow to prevent preschool drowning.
Laurie pushes his, Kids Alive – do the five mantra. Fence the pool, shut the gate, teacher your kids to swim – it’s great, supervise – watch your mate, and learn how to resuscitate! Parents check out this great website for some tips on swimming and water safety!