We are smack dab in the middle of summer and the holiday is just around the corner. For many of us this means going to the beach or enjoying some form of water activity.
Just like everyone else, my family and I indulge in some sort of adventure that involves water. Whether it be taking a trip to the beach or getting a day pass at a popular Hotel, splashing and soaking up some sun rays is a must!
It was not until recently (after watching Moana for the 100th) time I realized that even though we have been partaking in this tradition for years almost none of us can swim. I mean 4 out of 5 of us can not swim.
We live in an archipelago of islands. An island is a mass of land surrounded by water. We are surrounded by water and a large majority of the population cannot swim. Why I can’t swim is a very good question given the information I mentioned above.
Somehow despite my father being a great swimmer and even my husband I totally missed that life lesson.
Drowning is still one of the most common causes of accidental death among children, so being able to swim is an essential life saving skill, especially for us surrounded by water.
I tried to think of reasons why many of us islanders don’t know how to swim. Here’s what I came up with:
- We are afraid of the water
- Our parents don’t know how to swim
- We probably don’t want to get our hair wet
Yea I know, I am not quite sold on those reasons either but they do have some truth to it (especially wetting my hair). Given this known fact I decided to bypass the ballet classes and get my daughter in the water. She’s 6 years old and currently learning how to swim. Aside from learning an important life skill, every Saturday she has the opportunity to bond with friends, gain health benefits and confidence.
You didn’t think I’d just throw her in the deep and hope she floats right?
Swim Classes come in all shapes and sizes. Some enroll infants and others wait until your kids are a bit older and then some are for adults only. The point is there are swim classes available or you can learn from that uncle who from Inagua and always bringing down fish.
Learning to swim can mean the difference between life and death! If you are serious please check links below.
Of course there are many more swim classes that are hosted privately and publicly and I encourage to explore them all.
Enjoy the Holiday and Be Safe!
Till next time..