The one top news story I didn't expect to hear about in Canada was about child drownings in pools and rivers. During the past month there have been at least 3 a week, from infants to a 13-year-old a few days ago.
A bit of my background to start this. My parents got me Red Cross swimming lessons at age 5. I could stay afloat, but not really swim.
When I was seven, I visited my grandparents in the Dominican Republic. One of the first thing my Grandfather did was to toss me into the ocean from a rock. He told me to make it to shore...I did and learned to like swimming.
I received my original NAUI certificate at age 13 and my instructor's certificate. I earned my master diver's certificate from them at age 18.
Flash forward. My youngest son is a native Floridian. There aren't many of those because of all of the snowbirds and old people that have moved there, but my son was born in Tampa General.
At that time, there was a plethora of news reports of people drowning in local pools. My wife at the time and I enrolled Cory in swim classes at age 11-months. By one-year-old, he could easily swim across the narrow side of the pool.
At age two, he totally freaked the lifeguards at the pool of the cruise ship we were on by jumping into a pool with waves and making up to the other side. By age three, he was approved for unlimited access to the swim parks at both Six Flags and Myrtle Beach.
Why don't parents who either have or live near swimming pools or the ocean or a river understand the importance of teaching their children to swim?
We've had several teenagers here drown recently and I can think of no excuse for it. In my opinion, any parent who loses a child to drowning in a backyard pool, it is their fault.