Parents of a child that drown a number of years ago in a swimming pool accident are now doing all that they can to educate parents about the dangers that swimming pools present. The two parents rightly or wrongly blame themselves for what occurred as they say they didn't have their eyes focused on the child when the drowning took place.
As of today, the couple has raised more than $1 million for water safety training and swimming accident awareness. They have even written a book entitled: "Stewie the Duck Learns to Swim."
One thing emphasized in their book is the teaching of children not to leap into the water without knowing how to swim. It also stresses the need for children to take swimming lessons, to wear a life vest and not go into the water without the presence and supervision of an adult.
Since the book has now been in such demand, the parents decided to make the book into a free app available at the iTunes stores. The app was released on the very same day that the couple's child would have turned 25-years old.
Though means of prevention of swimming pool accidents would often seem like commonsense, that such accidents do continue mean that not everyone takes such precautions seriously. It could simply come down to individuals not believing that it could actually occur in their swimming pool.
The installation of fences around the pool to prevent children from gaining access and having an adult always watching over the pool are simply precautions that many such owners never think are necessary until a child or even adult actually drowns.
Source: The Wall Street Journal, "Swimming and Water Safety From Stewie the Duck," by Melanie Grayce West, April 29, 2012