Drowning Is An Epidemic: Declare Drowning Prevention As An Essential Service.

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Drowning remains the #1 cause of accidental death among children under age 5 in 18 States. The drowning statistics this year are rising at an alarming rate in many States!!

These are unprecedented times and the number of pediatric drownings are rising at an alarming rate. While families are home-bound 24/7 consumed with coronavirus media, homeschooling children, working from home, etc., it's easier than ever for a curious toddler to momentarily escape adult supervision and find himself in troubled waters. 

For an example, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families,  this year 14 children lost their lives due to drowning in Florida.  Six (6) of those drownings occurred in the single month of March. More than 76% of the drowning victims were age 3 and under. 

Texas has also seen a rise in fatal drownings this year. According to the Judah Brown Project, Texas had ten (10) fatal drownings this year already. In 2019, 87 children lost their lives to drowning. 

Since the Stay at Home Order has been issued many drowning prevention specialists have not been able to continue their mission to promote awareness and education, specifically in providing one-on-one, self-rescue swimming instruction to infants and toddlers.  All self-rescue swim lessons are conducted one-on-one and there is never more than one instructor and one child in the water at a time. Thousands of families have not been able to enroll their children in these survival swim programs since the issued Stay at Home Order.  This leaves them more vulnerable and less equipped to handle an aquatic accident in the event there was a momentary lapse in adult supervision.  

In an ongoing effort to end the drowning epidemic facing our great country, please consider one-on-one, self-rescue swimming instruction or drowning prevention services an essential business and allow the hundreds of specialized, instructors to continue to provide these life-saving skills while promoting drowning prevention awareness and community education.