A couple of weeks ago, as my daughter and I were lounging by the pool at a resort, we had the surreal and terrifying experience of almost witnessing a toddler drown. Scary. Awful. Impossible to forget.
There were a lot of good comments, discussion, and advice in the comments section of the post that I wrote about this incident. One of the most important was the fact that it is critical to wear a life vest if you are on the open water, even if you are a strong swimmer.
With summer just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about this a lot.
By chance, I came across a video by Guy Cotten, a French company that makes quality marine clothing and safety gear. The video is interactive; be forewarned that it might not be appropriate for everyone (certainly not for little kids). It basically gives you a firsthand look at what it might be like to fall off a sailboat and drown.
It took me 48 seconds to “drown.”
Please be careful this summer!