I have 3 boys, ages 5, 8 and 10. My partner, Brian, has 5 boys, ages 1,
4, 6, 8 and 10. I have to tell you, I don’t know how our wives do
it – corralling those boys to take them to the local swimming pool.
Picture the environment: it’s hot, people everywhere, kids running
around crazy with their friends, it’s loud, distracting. It is quite
simply a disaster waiting to happen – a drowning disaster, that
is. My wife and I have had our boys do swim lessons. We teach them to
play or swim only in water depths that they are comfortable in. We try
to explain to them what can happen when a young boy or girl gets into
water that is over their heads- both literally and figuratively. We hope
they have listened and learned.
Prevent Summertime Drowning Deaths
I recently read that in the short summer time so far in 2012, there are
already 20 drowning deaths reported in the United States. Shocking and
sad. I can’t help but think how I would feel if one of my boys were
1 of those 20 deaths. I would be lost in a sea of grief and sadness.
So, this summer, for all you Missouri and St. Louis pool-goers out there,
let’s keep a watchful eye on our kids AND THE LIFEGUARDS THAT ARE
SUPPOSED TO BE WATCHING & PROTECTING THEM. If you see a lifeguard
jacking around or dozing off on his or her watch, tell the facility manager.
Vigilance in lifeguarding is the key to preventing a drowning death or injury.
Isn’t one embarrassing moment for a non-vigilant lifeguard worth
the life of a child?
If you or a loved one are involved in a drowning or near-drowning injury
in Missouri or the St. Louis area, please call Millikan Wright, LLC. We
will swiftly and thoroughly investigate the incident, and do all that
we can to make you and your family whole for any loss you have sustained.