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How Can You Lower The Risk of Childhood Drowning?

July 03, 2019

Young children have the highest drowning rate in the world. For every child who drowns, five more receive emergency care for injuries related to time underwater. There is hope, though. Experts say that most of the deaths and injuries are preventable with preparation and training. Keep your family safe with these tips. 

Make sure everyone in your family takes swim lessons

Swimming is the only sport that can save your life. The CDC says that formal swimming lessons lower the risk of drowning by 88%, yet many people don’t have basic swimming skills, and it’s not taught in public schools. Comfortable goggles that don’t slip or leak can lower the anxiety sometimes associated with learning to swim.

The USA Swimming Foundation partners with 1,000 local providers across the nation to make free swim lessons available. As of 2018, more than 7.5 million kids participated in free swim lessons as part of the Make A Splash initiative.

All children should learn basic swimming, water safety, and safe rescue skills. Even after successful completion of swim lessons, never leave a swimmer in the water unattended. Swimmers should always have a buddy and never swim alone. Even strong swimmers can drown if unconscious or hurt. 

Advanced training for school-age children should include an understanding of beach warning flags as well as how to spot and free oneself from rip currents when visiting the shore.

Always supervise swimmers and stay within arm’s reach

Water can lure even the most obedient small children, so designate a responsible adult at all times even if lifeguards are present. Do not leave children playing near water unattended for even a few seconds. Drowning is quiet; it typically occurs without splashing or requests for help and occurs in less than a minute. All parents should learn to recognize the delayed movements that indicate imminent drowning. 

Stay within arm’s reach of preschoolers playing near water. Have an adult test the depth of a pool before allowing small swimmers to enter, even if the depth is clearly marked. Pool depth markings can vary a few inches according to the water level. 

Get First Aid and CPR Certified

It’s best to avoid accidents because any injury can cause even strong swimmers to drown, but you can’t plan for every situation. In an emergency, every second counts, so parents should pursue comprehensive first aid training. 

First aid training helps you prevent, assess, and respond to any type of crisis, which leaves time for emergency medical providers to arrive. Training usually includes choking, bleeding, poison ingestion, and treating anyone unconscious, unresponsive, or not breathing.

Prepare for natural disasters 

You can’t predict natural disasters, but you can prepare for flooding during weather events. Drowning accounts for 75% of deaths in flood disasters. As climate change progresses, expect unpredictable weather patterns to produce more floods. Parents who live near bodies of water that might flood like ditches, ponds, irrigation channels, or rivers should keep US Coast Guard approved life jackets and other water safety equipment on hand. 

Limit access to water and educate on the risks

There are more than 360,000 drowning deaths worldwide each year. Lower the risk of your family being involved by controlling unsupervised access to all water hazards like well openings and backyard pools. Avoid alcohol around water, never swim unattended, and enforce the use of life jackets on boats.

 




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Size Guide

Not sure which size to order?

Measure your head circumference!

Place soft measuring tape around your child’s head about 1/2-inch above the ear, across the mid-forehead where a hat would sit. Hold the tape firmly, but not too tightly, and write down the measurement of where the tape meets. If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, use a piece of string and measure as directed. Then, lay the string on a ruler or yardstick to determine measurement.

Head Circumference

Recommended Goggles

15-18 inches Frogglez Youth (3-6)
16-22 inches Frogglez Youth (3-10)
19-22 inches Frogglez Adult (10+)

 

In between sizes?

Frogglez universal strap adapts to almost any swim gogglesFrogglez Goggles easily adjust to fit most kids. Kids can tighten or loosen without taking them off using the Velcro straps. Use the optional black silicone rings included with every pair of Frogglez to adjust even more.

Make Frogglez smaller: Remove the silicone rings for smaller children and thread the Velcro right through the goggles.

Make Frogglez bigger: Adding an extension ring is easy! Double up the rings to extend the strap length for bigger kids.  

 

Still having trouble with the fit?

Frogglez Goggles use a soft silicone to create a leakproof seal. The gentle pressure of the seal is designed to withstand cannonballs, dives, and splashes. That said, eyes and noses are different sizes and shapes, which can affect the way goggles fit.

There isn’t one perfect goggle, only the one that best fits your face. If you find that the eyepieces don’t fit, don’t fret. Frogglez universal strap attaches to most goggles on the market.  The black silicone rings included with each pair of Frogglez makes attachment to other goggles simple.

 

We offer a fit guarantee!

Ordered the wrong size? No problem! Exchange your Frogglez Goggles within 60 days for a different size at no charge!