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Water Safety: Drowning doesn’t look like drowning

Drowning doesn't look like drowningAlong with this week’s post about staying safe in the summer heat, comes a reminder post about ensuring you are safe IN THE WATER.   The images about Water Safety go viral every summer season and I’m hoping they go viral again this week, at least in Switzerland, in anticipation of this week’s hot weather.

Like I blogged last year and in 2011, let the image on the right remind us all that drowning, or what we think of as drowning, REALLY DOESN’T LOOK like drowning at all:

The Instinctive Drowning Response – so named by Francesco A. Pia, Ph.D., is what people do to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water.  There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind.  Drowning, instead, is Silent, Unmoving, easily missed.

With this said, to get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic from the surface drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children, age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents) – of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In ten percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening (source: CDC).

So stay close to your kids, make sure you can see them.   And be careful of hot bodies and COLD water (such as jumping from a hot boat to cold lake water).   Another combination that can have awful consequences.



New MiV Group: Swimming Moms

The new MiV Swimming Group is officially open, thanks to quick replies on our Yahoo!Group!

The group will meet  3 times per week, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to 10:30am/11am.  Members of Moms-in-Vaud can join in 1, 2 or 3 times/week, but need to commit to which days/dates, as the participants need to rely on each other: each mother will watch over the babies/kids of the other whilst she/they swim.

Those mothers who would like to participate, please ensure you are a member of the Yahoo!Group and then post a message for meeting times/dates of the group.   The organiser, Laurence, has created a spreadsheet with all the participants’ names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses and swim dates.  The spreadsheet will be shared with the group only (upon approval) in a private email.  This way, if Laurence or the other regular swimmers are unavailable, the group can continue to meet and swim.

Mothers who have committed to a date and know in advance of the need to cancel (travel, family visits, etc.) should do so at least 48 hours in advance.  Cancellations due to illness, obviously, can be done on the same day.   So that the group can function, if you do not feel like swimming, but have committed to the day/date please still come out so that everyone benefits.

The group will start swimming next week.   For further details, join our Yahoo!Group and ask for Swimming Group details.