Statistics show that 37 children aged 14 and under have died in Ireland as a result of drowning over the past ten years.
"Young children should be introduced to the water as early as possible, so they are less likely to experience fear if they do fall in" is the advice from all who are involved in teaching swimming and water safety-awareness. It is the shock of sudden submersion that causes children to panic in most cases leading to tragic accidents.
It is important to keep an eye on children at all times while they are in the water, particularly avoiding easy distractions, e.g. chatting to other parents, reading a newspaper or being on the phone.
Irish Water Safety leaflet "Know what you're getting into" is above.