New Definition of 'I Can Swim' Needed in Order to End Drowning

Thursday, September 17, 2009 General News
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SARASOTA, Fla., Sept. 9 Miracle Swimming Institute of Sarasota, FL will hold a world swim instructors' conference October 7-9, 2009 in Sarasota to teach instructors how to teach comfort, control in water, and panic prevention. For information, go to

As city recreation programs, community pools and summer swimming, boating, and fishing seasons wind down for 2009, a new set of goals is proposed to keep Americans safer next year. This summer, again, adults and children old enough to know how to swim drowned in backyard and community pools, lakes, rivers, and oceans.

The goal of all swimming programs should be to teach students how to rely on themselves in deep water until help arrives. No one should be considered finished with swimming lessons until they have this competency. Passing a test to swim a few yards to the side of the pool is helpful, but only a stepping-stone to the greater skill needed if someone finds himself unexpectedly waterborne in open water. Swim students should also learn what to do if they find themselves in the water fully clothed.

Let there be a national announcement that nearly everyone floats, though not necessarily horizontally. It's okay to float with feet down. The few who don't float can maintain their body at the surface by learning to scull while lying on the water. This is how many Olympians back float since their bodies are so dense with muscle and bone that they sink.

People must be in control in water in order to learn to swim. Swim students should insist that they are taught slowly enough to maintain comfort and control of themselves in the water at all times. These two "skills," comfort and control, must be learned before making attempts at swimming mechanics. A large percentage of adults don't know how to put their faces in water comfortably and believe they don't float. Seventy percent of America's drownings are by adults. Classes in these two skills should be offered at every pool by instructors trained in the steps of teaching adults. Swim mechanics should not be taught on top of discomfort and fear.

For maximum safety, swim students should also learn panic prevention. Since good swimmers can panic as easily as non-swimmers given a frightening situation, it can be concluded that knowing how to swim does not prevent panic. In fact, panic prevention is not related to knowing the skills of swimming. To learn the steps of preventing panic, go to

"I can swim" means, "I can stay afloat in deep water until help arrives." Swim instructors can make the 2010 swimming season the safest ever for America.

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Contact: Melon Dash Miracle Swimming Institute 941-921-6420

SOURCE Miracle Swimming Institute

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