Keeping children safe at the beach or pool

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Keeping children safe at the beach or pool

June 11, 2018

New York Times interviews Dr. Linda Quan, professor of pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine

Quan, an expert on the prevention and treatment of childhood drownings, told The New York Times that parents should never expect that any child will be “drown-proof,” even if that child is on the swim team.

"Knowing about the water means understanding everything from the temperature to the possibility of underwater hazards. Learning to swim in a pool," Quan is quoted as saying, "does not fully prepare you for ocean waves or currents, or really cold water."

Her own children, according to the article, grew up on a lake and could swim across the lake no problem. Then she took them to Vietnam for a meeting on water safety, only to have another expert tell her, "Quan, your kids don’t know anything about surf and waves!"