My sister-in-law sent this article to me, Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning, along with everyone else in the family. I think it is eye-opening and felt that I received it at the perfect moment as we enter the warm summer months full of swimming lessons and parties.
I passed a lifeguard course as a freshman in college, but never took a job as a lifeguard; I couldn't stand the thought that someone - especially a child - might die on my watch. But even with a lifeguard nearby, I think we need to be vigilant as parents. I think this part of the article sums up well the point the author attempts to make, and gives us a simple, useful, easy-to-remember tip:
"Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water and looking up at the deck. One way to be sure? Ask them, “Are you alright?” If they can answer at all – they probably are. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents – children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why."
Because, drownings happen - much more frequently than they should. And one child drowning is too many.