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Monday, 5 June 2017

You only have a minute.


This is really the wrong season for us, but I just want to quickly share this as it's an excellent video on how to spot drowning. The article points out that most drownings happen when adults are nearby or in the water with the drowning person. The video shows what to look for, and that drowning doesn't look like drowning.

When I did a first aid course, the instructor told a story how her friend's 7 year old almost drowned while she and her friend stood chatting in the pool with him. She fortunately spotted him in time, but that story has stuck with me for a decade. I have had to fish a drowning kid out of a pool, and my husband spotted another at a Christmas day celebration. None of the adults in the pool had even noticed.

From my own experience, I wasn't sure the child was drowning and I was confused as to whether they were swimming or standing or needed help. I didn't react as quickly as I should have, but I did eventually jump in. You get a feeling something isn't right, but you are unsure what it is. You don't think 'oh my god, he's drowning!'. However, this article describes exactly how it looked. (It was at a pool party and no adults were supervising. I was watching my youngest, a sibling not really at the party, so I stayed by the pool. The party kids were 7 or 8, and for the most part, they could stand throughout the pool).

You only have a minute to act. The tip that if they can't answer, they're drowning is excellent.

Here's hoping you never need this information. The article is from The Slate.

Linking with #FortheloveofBLOG #MummyMondays #KCACOLS

20 comments:

  1. Gosh! This is an eye opener. Thanks Lydia

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  2. Yes- it's so easy to miss the signs if you don't know what it looks like.

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  3. Thanks for sharing - so important. This information could really save lives. That video was an eye opener.

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  4. Yes, it can sometimes be hard to know whether a kid is swimming or struggling in those early years. One of our friend's kids very nearly got into trouble when we were all in a pool chatting and playing. You can't take your eyes off them for a second.

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  5. My son nearly drowned in a friends backyard swimming pool, I was struck at the time with just how quiet it really is. Such a terrifying event in my life.

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  6. Thanks for sharing this. Definitely good to know!

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  7. Wow, this is scary stuff. I hadn't realised these signs so this has been a real eye-opener. Thank-you so much for sharing! #fortheloveofBLOG

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  8. That's a scary thought that you can sometimes not realise that a child is drowning. Thanks for the link.

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  9. Oh it is so easy when little kids are around the pool because they just fall and its silent. We were incredibly vigilant when our grandkids were around but even then, a small one, suddenly going from the stand-up beach area into the deeper area saw them go under..really fast. We were there. But it can happen so easily.

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  10. I read that Slate article too. I hope I never have to use this information but it's good to have. #kcacols

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  11. This is one of my biggest fears! I hope I never have to use this info, but thank you for sharing!

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  12. Thanks for the reminder - I too hope it's something I never have to use. We've had a close encounter in Bali - worst moment of my life. Thank god my bro raised the alarm so quickly!! You're so right about the silence of if all! Scary! #teamIBOT

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  13. This is such a useful post, and I would have had no idea. It's something to always look out for, and to be aware off. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  14. My boys do swimming lessons all through winter - and I think it's important to share this, even if people think it's the wrong season...because it can happen at anytime.

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  15. I think television shows could really help with getting people to understand this. It definitely needs to be understood more widely. #KCACOLS

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  16. I was once saved by my friends while I was at swimming learning session 15 years back. Here through rabbit hole. Thanks for bringing this into notice.

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  17. So scary. Very important to know the signs. Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS, hope to see you again next time.

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing this, I think a lot more needs to be done to spread this message that drowning doesn't look like drowning. x #KCACOLS

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  19. Wow this is really interesting and I would never have known the signs had I not read the post you linked to. Thank you for sharing! Just goes to show you can never be too careful. #KCACOLS

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