Prevention is better than cure !
The latest statistics from Netcare 911 indicates that they receive more cases related to drowning from the country’s inland provinces that for the coastal
areas. DROWNING is listed as one of the top causes of unnatural death in children in South Africa.
For every child that dies from DROWNING, five are left with permanent BRAIN DAMAGE!
THESE UNFORTUNATE EVENTS ARE PREVENTABLE!
Be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on children around water.
*never leave children unattended in the BATH or POOL.
*cover your pools, ponds & Jacuzzi's with a certified pool net.
*a basic first aid and CPR course for both parent & child minder
(It could make a dramatic difference in the outcome should the skills be applied timously)
*enroll your child into a reliable swim school.
One thinks DROWNING involves SCREAMING, GASPING & FLAILING!
Think it’s easy to notice someone DROWNING?
Well you’re WRONG!!!!
DROWNING IS A SILENT KILLER!!!
Swimming is NOT an “Extra-mural activity” we call it a LIFE SKILL.
One is never too young or too old....... you too can learn to swim.
A TRUE STORY
Elizabeth Jelley, who began swimming from an infant, is now TWO years old. Thanks to her parents who took the RESPONSIBILITY of teaching their daughter A VITAL LIFE SKILL.
Elizabeth spent several minutes in a swimming pool whilst her mother frantically searched the house for her. She then heard her daughter calling her (to her horror) from the swimming pool area. Elizabeth was waiting for her “mommy”, calmly holding onto the side of the pool. She had fallen in, but held her breath, turned around, kicked to the side and held on, which is taught in our lessons from day one. It is because she didn’t panic and knew the procedure.
THIS IS WHY SHE IS ALIVE TODAY.
*Lessons must be fun and stress free; one learns a lot more when happy & comfortable.
*The pool and surrounding areas must be clean.
*The teacher should be kind, gentle & patient
*Ask for qualifications & experience.
CONSIDER THESE FACTORS WHEN CHOOSING A SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD.
REMEMBER ITS NEVER TO LATE TO LEARN.