Rowdy Gaines, who has won three Olympic gold medals in swimming, has stated that 80% of child drownings happen in front of parents; hot tubs and bathtubs are notoriously dangerous. “There’s an 88% reduction in risk if they take swimming lessons,” he says. Gaines also says that there are what he calls “swimming-kid personalities,” so parents shouldn’t get “too hung up on whether their child isn’t gliding around like a dolphin right away.”
“It’s a life skill and and a survival skill,” Rowdy says. We could not agree more.
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