2022 HEALTH CARE EDITION
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DROWNING PREVENTION & SWIMMING SAFETY
SWIMMING SAFETY TIPS
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of injury and death for children ages 1-4. The CDC recommends people of all ages and swimming abilities wear a life jacket while boating, and all children and weaker swimmers wear one while in natural waterways.
IF THEY HAVE THEIR SELFRESCUE SKILLS, THAT MEANS THEY CAN TURN THEMSELVES UP AND HORIZONTAL, AND THEY HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE TO FIND THEIR FLOAT, REST AND BREATHE UNTIL HELP ARRIVES. SHERRY SPAAR, OWNER OF ISWIM4LIFE AQUATICS SCHOOL, ON TEACHING INFANTS AND YOUNG CHILDREN DROWNING PREVENTION SKILLS
As the summer months kick o, it is important to keep these safety tips in mind. • Any depth of water can be dangerous. • Always place a barrier around water. • Drowning is often quiet and quick. • Swim in supervised areas. • Keep an eye on the weather and go inside if bad weather is approaching. • Always enter water feet rst and do not dive into shallow water. SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER These schools throughout San Marcos, Buda and Kyle oer swimming lessons year round or during specic seasons. Most oer lessons for all ages while some specialize in lessons for children. LOCAL SWIM SCHOOLS
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CHILD DROWNING DEATHS IN TEXAS Drowning-related deaths among children have decreased slightly over the past ve years, according to data from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
WATER SAFETY The city of San Marcos
recommends all swimmers wear a life jacket when in the water as the river and its currents are unpredictable and can change quickly.
British Swim School San Marcos Academy 2801 RR 12, San Marcos Sun eld 1328 Sunbright Blvd., Buda 512-763-7946 www.britishswimschool.com Hays Communities YMCA 465 Buda Sportsplex Drive, Buda 512-523-0099 www.austinymca.org/branches/ hays-communities-y iSwim4Life 4105 Hunter Road, San Marcos 512-641-0545 www.iswim4life.com Rio Vista Pool 555 Cheatham St., San Marcos 512-392-7031 www.sanmarcostx.gov Sunsational Swim School Traveling swim instructors 888-788-2140 www.sunsationalswimschool.com This list is not comprehensive.
There are various spots along the river where visitors can rent a life jacket:
More than 350 children have died in drowning incidents statewide since the start of 2018.
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*2022 INCIDENTS ARE AS OF JUNE 1
SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
NATIONAL STATISTICS According to the Centers for Disease
80% of drowning victims are male 14 YEARS Children ages have the highest drowning rates DECLINED 38% Between 1999- 2019, the rate of drowning deaths among children ages 0-17
Factors that contribute to drowning:
SOURCE: CITY OF SAN MARCOS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Not being able to swim Missing or ineective fences around water Lack of supervision Drinking alcohol Not wearing life jackets Using drugs or medications
Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 3,960 drowning deaths in the United States every year.
SOURCE: CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
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