Most drowning victims can swim and just because you’re a “good swimmer” doesn’t mean you’ll be able to
take care of yourself if you get into trouble. Our 15 years of drowning data shows this is a myth.
This reinforces the importance of learning lifesaving skills (as well as swimming skills) so you can save yourself and help to save your buddy. Even if you are at a busy waterfront with crowds of people, you should have someone looking out for you in case you encounter difficulty… plus you will be setting a good example for your children!
Everybody should swim with a buddy –even adults and older kids.
Young children aren’t the only ones who shouldn’t swim alone. Each year we read news stories about adults who went swimming alone at the cottage or beach or in a private pool and encountered difficulty and drowned. These tragedies are preventable. A buddy could have helped them to safety.