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Re: Child's drowning.

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Originally Posted by capta View Post
I took a completely different tack on this one. My child was not taught to swim until she was old enough to know when to swim. I found out the hard way that when completely becalmed at sea, the boat can still be moving faster than one can swim.
Thats a valid point.

The swim classes we did were quite big on water awareness more than just learn to swim which was good.

Teaching children they don't get into water unless there is an adult there inviting them in, giving them a sense of their own (lack of) buoyancy etc.

Having said that swimming lessons are aimed at land dwellers. Capta's point is well made. On sailboats the situation is different to a day at the beach. Rules are important I believe. The phrase 'not negotiable' was used a lot on our last boat. So much so that my daughter still makes a joke out of how much I used that phrase on the boat when she was younger.

I am myself a confident swimmer, but had my own scare last year. While snorkelling of the back of a friend's yacht in the Whitsundays on a calm warm sunny day I decided to explore the coral reef out by the point. It was as I was viewing the coral at the point that I suddenly got a cramp while in a reasonable current that started sweeping me out to sea. Just by coincidence another yacht's tender passed by and all was fine in the end but I was reminded that complacency and overconfidence are things I need to be careful of.

'Life is either a daring adventure or nothing' - Helen Keller


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