Personal injury attorney Eddie Farah recently learned that 100 swimmers in Cape Coral participated in a swimming lesson in order to try to break a world record for the largest swim lesson. The record-breaking attempt was international in scope, with nations all across the world participating in the attempt.
While setting a world record can be fun for those involved, it is the underlying message of the worldwide swim lesson that is important.
With summer upon us in Florida, thousands of children will be hitting swimming pools, lakes and the ocean to stay cool and have some fun. While it is a property owner’s obligation to assure that their swimming pools are enclosed and have other safety features to prevent children from getting into swimming pools and accidentally drowning, one of the most effective solutions to prevent drowning deaths is perhaps the simplest: teach your children to swim.
From 2010 to 2012, Duval County reported 40 accidental drowning deaths. According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida leads the nation in accidental drownings for children from one to four years of age. Most of those drownings happen in swimming pools.