As an adult conquering my fear of water, I often feel like "the forgotten swimmer" in spite of a cacophony of local and national learn-to-swim campaigns. It seems that these programs are more interested in swimmers learning strokes than understanding why some adults are afraid or do not feel safe. However, an encouraging development in aquatics education has been a subtle re-evaluation of traditional swimming instruction and teacher training by some prominent folks in the aquatics community,…Continue
Added by Michelle G. on March 19, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments
’m a mom and I’m pissed off. Not a bit concerned. Not even angry. I’m pissed off as in, ‘I have a flame thrower and I’m not afraid to use it’ pissed off. Why? Because child safety is about as big a mom issue as you can get, and yet children keep drowning and no one is talking about it. We all know ‘stop, drop and roll’, but did you know that…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 1, 2012 at 12:48pm — No Comments
There are two types of drowning. There is drowning in a high-income country and there is drowning in a low-income country. The source is the same. Unintentional submersion in water resulting in asphyxia caused by a liquid entering the lungs. The end result is the same. Death, and if not death than permanent injury. The emotional toll is the…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 11, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments
My son spotted the t-shirt on the attached photo at the Shedd Aquarium gift shop last weekend. It cracks me up every time I look at it. It is reminiscent of Gary Larson’s brilliant Far Side cartoons that routinely turned our perceptions upside down with hilarious results. We often think of how we are affected by the world around us, but how often…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on January 4, 2012 at 11:55am — No Comments
The scene in the locker room was all too familiar. Mothers with a variation of determined, frazzled, happy or ‘I’m just about to blow’ looks on their face wrestling pudgy toddler arms into winter coats and trying to maneuver feet into boots while the same oblivious child is determined to explore the lockers, the inside of their nose, or those tantalizing crumbs left by…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on December 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments
There are wonderful theories about how we should end drowning. Everyone should have one-on-one swim lessons with a qualified instructor. Every pool should be fenced. Every potentially dangerous body of water should be fenced with warning signs that the public obeys. Parents should supervise their children at all times near water. Approved lifejackets should…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 23, 2011 at 11:33am — No Comments
Social media can be a powerful tool or a destructive influence. We all know that well-chosen words can elevate or decimate, but we also know that time heals all wounds and being able to forget words, or at least add a rosy hue to the memory, can be a blessing.
Social media and the internet have changed that. Once it’s…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 10, 2011 at 11:53am — No Comments
Natural disasters like flooding and tsunamis. Unsafe environments like overloaded ferries or rickety boats. Over-estimating skill and under-estimating the power of unfamiliar water. Alcohol-induced poor judgement. Lack of swimming ability.…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on November 2, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments
Do you remember your baby’s first bath? My children are 8 and 10 now and I still vividly recall the slightly concerned frown when they were first carefully lowered into the baby bath, which quickly dissolved into sheer bliss. Just was exciting was the day they discovered that they had power over the water. If you hit water with your fist it splashes!…Continue
For many years, conventional wisdom has held that blacks can not swim. (I use the term ‘black’ to apply to anyone of African descent. The term is meant with respect to encompass the broad range of cultures descending from the African continent) A widely discredited academic report years ago stated that the physiology of a black person leads to their sinking…Continue
Hannah Plint drowned on October 4, 2007, just shy of her third birthday.
Joshua Collingsworth drowned on June 4, 2008, age 2 1/2.
Stewie Leonard drowned on January 1, 1989, age 21 months.
An estimated 600,000 children drown…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on October 4, 2011 at 12:50pm — No Comments
Death intruded into my life twice last week. Shockingly. Wrenchingly. Unexpectedly.
All deaths are not equal. The impact is not equal. As I grieve the loss of a family member, someone I have known my whole life, I have a visceral feeling that part of my family’s roots have been torn up too early, violently. It is a…Continue
According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years, up to 20% of children ages 6-11 in the U.S. It used to be that Americans were the global joke…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 21, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments
One child drowns every minute.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1-4 globally.
Drowning is entirely preventable - so why aren’t we preventing it?
I’ve been working on the issue for four years now and…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 14, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments
The Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics spearheaded an innovative initiative. They write prescriptions for water safety and swimming classes for infants and toddlers. The result? Safer children and more aware parents.
The concept is simple. Parents look to, and trust, their child’s doctor to keep…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on September 7, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments
In Chicago we are nearing the end of a summer season of the most violent and unpredictable weather that I have seen in almost 48 years. Half a dozen times in two months we’ve gone from some rather benign gray clouds to tornado-force winds and torrential rain within a matter of minutes. The summer sound of cicadas screeching has been drowned out by the buzz of…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 17, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments
Let’s conduct a scientific experiment. Get a plastic water bottle. Put in a teaspoon of sand, dirt or grit. Fill the bottle with water and shake vigorously. Now put your hand behind the bottle and tell me how many fingers you are holding up. Difficult if not impossible.
Now imagine that your child is at a…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on August 3, 2011 at 2:32pm — No Comments
August is when many families pack up and head off - whether it’s a planned trip far away or just a day at the beach, pool or water park - anything to keep kids and tempers cool.
As a single mom who has traveled solo across multiple continents with two kids since they were babies, I’ve learned a few things about…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on July 27, 2011 at 12:13pm — No Comments
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on July 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
Every day for four years now I have gotten up and worked towards ending childhood drowning.
I have been blessed in my life, particularly with two amazing kids that are legally mine, and two more incredible kids who I added to my family in recent years. My passion has always been empowering and…Continue
Added by Rebecca Wear Robinson on July 13, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments