Spring is coming...Are we ready? If not, let's get set!

Wow!   Where has the time gone?  I don't know where the rest of you are, but if you are in Scottsdale, Arizona, you are more than likey enjoying the great weather we have been experiencing.  This is my second favorite time of year as it marks the beginning of spring, even if it's just a hint of what's to come.  My first favorite?  Summer, by all means!  I enjoy nothing more than my busy summer days filled with the screams of delighted children who I share my time with as they experience the 'feel good' of accomplishment that comes from conquering ones fear...more

Hands-On CPR (not for kids)

With summer in the rear view mirror, and winter ahead of us, please remember to keep your attention on your children, where water is present.  It would seem to make sense that with the change in the weather, it is less than likely for a child to find their way to an open body of water.  However, as we may not be spending time playing in the backyard swimming pool, there are still temptations out there, and if anything, as parents we tend to put our guard down this during the winter months....more

A Happy Ending Continued...My son's near fatal plunge into the water

Well, I am back from a long and tedious drive to New Mexco, and I must say it wasn't until our second day there (when we visited the pueblos) that I found an appreciation to this 'further southwest' state.  The native american people were ever gracious to my husband and I as we toured the pueblos.  There was one particular young boy of 7-8, who was especially impressive to me.  The natives that lived in these pueblos were preparing for their annual 'Harvest Festival' by setting up stands to sell their talented handy work via chili pepper crosses, wreaths, jewelry, etc... ...more

A Happy Ending (My son's survival)

Alas, I will end my week of drownings with a happy ending.  This is the story of my son, Joshua.  How lucky we were!...more

Swimming alone (drownings continued)

This coming Monday, I would like to conclude my 'week of drownings' with a happy ending and the story of my own son's plunge into water.  In the meantime however, I will share with all of you out there two particular cases of adults who have drowned.  We all know by now, that anybody can become a victim to a water emergency.  Toddlers, adults, non-swimmers and yes, even avid swimmers can fall prey to situations in the water, where their lives are jeopardized.  I have chosen to share some stories over others this week because of my philosophy that common sens...more

An Ice Chest and an 18 month old

This week I have specifically commited myself to blog about drownings, due to the one fact that it happens quite frequently and by using common sense and vigilance, most drownings should never have occured.  This next tragedy took place in September of 2008, and is by far one of the most disturbing instances of a drowning I have ever read about.  When we think about these accidents, we assume they take place in large bodies of water, such as lakes, swimming pools, the ocean and rivers.  But every now and then the headlines in our morning paper take us directly into the family...more

Drownings continued...

I was impressed to see so many of you read my recent entry about the two young children who drowned in California in 2007, by being left outside while the mother went inside to use the restroom.  But more importantly, it was the CPR guidelines I was happy you read about.  Knowing how to perform CPR can change the fate of a potential drowning victim in this situation.  It has been proven so many times over, as even my own son survived his plunge into the water thanks to my father's knowledge and performance of CPR....more

Drowning: Prevention = common sense and vigilance

Good afternoon out there!  Yesterday I shared a story of a near drowning.  I felt that in the aftermath of  the child's initial plunge into the water, the parents in the scenario came together pretty well in their efforts to save their son, and did so successfully.  Today I would like to share stories of drownings that have occurred in different bodies of water (or in some cases, small containers), in order for us to begin to see how common sense and vigilance are the key components in keeping our children safe around <...more

Drowning - the facts!

Well, I didn't feel compelled to go to the lake today, as I'm not all that confident about my safety out there on the water.  So instead, I went to lunch with my 3.5 year old friend (who I teach swimming to) and her mother....more

How safe was I on Bartlett Lake?

As you may have read in my last entry, I spent last Saturday (the solemn day of September 11th) up at Bartlett Lake.  As I described the aftermath of our day, when the Sherrif's Dept. was hovering around the lake in droves, I felt safe.  I knew that the Captain of the boat I was on was respectful of the boating laws, and by the time dusk had hit, we were safely home, sipping on wine in the safety of our own backyards....more