Swimming – Kid's Swim Gear- Life Jacket

Prevent Drowning

The importance of choosing the proper swim gear for children cannot be over emphasized. Most children love to swim and play in the water, and they like the brightly covered colored swimsuits, swim goggles and swimming fins. However, drowning kills more than 1000 children a year under the age of 14 and at least another 20 are admitted to the emergency room because of near drowning.

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I Almost Lost my Son to Drowning

I almost lost my youngest son to drowning when he was approximately 18 months old. I was working part time selling real estate at that time, and I had a 22-year-old babysitter who came with good references. We had a fenced in pool in our backyard and one afternoon my youngest son was napping. The babysitter decided to wash her car after she had done some sunbathing by the pool, and I was paying her for this!! My baby son had no fear of the water and we kept door latched at all times.

Apparently he woke up, went out the unlatched door and jumped in the pool. My oldest son was about 10 and found his brother in the bottom of the pool. He yelled for the babysitter who came running and jumped in the pool and pulled my son out, while my oldest son called 911. And then he called me. My baby regained consciousness fairly quickly and vomited which was a great sign.

Of course, I just jumped in my car and drove as fast as I could to the hospital. While driving those 22 miles I was terrified that maybe my son had died and they didn’t want to tell me on the phone. I arrived at the hospital and as I walked back into the ER I recognized his cry, which was music to my ears. They kept him overnight to make sure he didn't get pneumonia or have any other problems, and I spent the night holding him sitting in a rocking chair. In fact, I held him wrapped so tightly in a blanket that he developed a temperature of 101° that returned to normal after the blanket was removed. I knew how close I came to losing him that day but by the grace of God not only was his life spared, he had no ill effects from the experience at all. He still wasn't afraid of the water! It is certainly one of the scariest events that ever happened in my life, and I was so proud of my 10 year old son for reacting so competently in the face of this crisis.

Swimming Pool Safety Tips

CDC Guide

The CDC lists specific guidelines on their website to help prevent drowning:

  • Supervision: Always have a responsible adult to watch children when they're swimming or playing around water or even in the bathtub. The adults should not be reading a book, talking on the phone or playing cards as they need to keep their full attention on the children.
  • Buddy System: Always swim with a buddy and choose swimming sites that have a lifeguard whenever possible.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Do not drink alcohol before or during swimming, while boating or water skiing or while supervising children.
  • Learn to Swim: Formal swimming lessons can help protect children from drowning. Pool fencing is still necessary even when children know how to swim because they need the supervision of an adult.
  • Learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR): During the time it takes paramedics to arrive at the scene you can save a life by starting CPR on an unconscious person. CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to improve the outcomes in drowning victims. With the new CPR guidelines this is not difficult to do. Please check my CPR hub that explains the guidelines in detail.
  • Do Not Use Air Filled or Foam Toys: The air–filled or foam toys, such as “water wings”, “noodles”, or inner tubes in place of life jackets are not designed to keep simple swimmers safe.

CPR on Children 1-8 Courtesy Adam

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Summer will be here soon and children will swim any time they get a chance. I think the CDC guidelines are so important as it is so tragic for a child to die or live with brain damage due to drowning. This is a preventable accident. If you are not comfortable with performing CPR, call the Red cross and take a class which would only take about a half a day. There are even classes online.

Have fun with your children and make it a safe summer!

Comments 32 comments

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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Oh my gosh, Pam, that is so scary.

I almost drowned in the ocean when I was a baby and have always been afraid of the water so good to know he is still brave.

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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

OMG- Pamela that is crazy scary, I couldn't ever imagine getting that phone call, praise God your son was spared. Great hub, excellent tips on how to prevent drowning, thanks so much for sharing this.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Pamela, I think being afraid after almost drowning is pretty normal I don't know why my son wasn't but he still loves the water. I very much appreciate your comments.

rpalulis, I admit I was terrified but God was good. Thank you so very much for your comments.

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Sage Williams 5 years ago

Pamela -

Your story sent chills down my spine. I couldn't even imagine what that must have been like. I am so happy that your son was spared and is fine today.

Great hub and reminder to all on water safety. I just took my six month old foster daughter swimming for the first time last week in the indoor town pool and have just purchased an infant swim jacket for her.

Great job on this hub.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Sage, It is so nice to hear from you as I haven't seen you online for quite a while. Having a foster daughter must be a real joy and take up much of your time. Thank you so much for your comments.

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Kindacrazy 5 years ago from Tennessee

Pamela, What a heart-stopping experience. With spring coming on and summer right behind, the pools will be crowed. Up!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

KC, It truly was and thanks for your comment.

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ImChemist 5 years ago

Thanks pamela for your great hub.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

ImChemist, Thanks for the comment.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

I can't echo enough every comment you made, Pamela, about the importance of teaching our children to swim. I'm so happy for you that your son survived with no ill effects.

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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

And I echo what drbj just said. You and your son are both fortunate and your older son who was so young at the time, a real hero! Voted up and very useful.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

drbj, Thanks so much for your comments and emphasizing the importance of teaching our children to swim.

Peggy, I very much appreciate your comments.

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Awesome and useful swimming children's swim gear as the swimming season is upon us. Great products and tips on swimming. :) Katie

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Katie, Thank you so much for your comments. I tried to look for slimming products were safety was emphasized.

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JY3502 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Great info Pam. You were lucky with your son.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

JY, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thanks for your comments.

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

I always have had a very healthy respect for water....great points to make and I'm glad your boy was okay, too!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Audry, Thanks so much for your comments.

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

There is nothing like a first hand experience for a good teacher. So glad you shared this. Very timely with spring upon us. I hope it is highlighted many times over with comments. Voted up.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

RTalloni, You are right because you never forget an experience like that. Thanks so much for your comments.

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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice hub.Really enjoyed your tips to swimming safety.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

crystolite, Thanks so much for your comment.

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Rosie2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Hiya Pam, this is awesome. You covered a lot of topics on children's swimming and swimwear. Voted up and awesome.

Have a nice day,


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Rosie, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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sagebrush_mama 5 years ago from The Shadow of Death Valley...Snow Covered Mountain Views Abound!

My goodness, what a frightening incident. Great article on the seriousness of water safety...there are too many stories in Nevada each summer, where the outcomes aren't good.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

sagebrush mama, I agree and it is up to the adults to watch their children closely. Thanks for your comments.

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6 String Veteran 5 years ago

1000 swimming fatalities a yr?! Wow.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

6 String Veteran, And to think that these are preventable is heartbreaking. Thank you so much for your comments.

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Roberta99 5 years ago

Excellent article with some great information. Rated up.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Roberta, I appreciate your comments.

elvis 5 years ago

sure educate more people to avoid 1000 deaths of children in pool area

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

elvis, Children should always be watched carefully when they are in a pool. Thanks for your comment.

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