School Boards Should Require Mandatory Swimming As Part Of The Physical Education Curriculum :: The Pavlovic Today
Those of us who frequently watch television shows such as Rescue 911, Cops, Real Stories Of The Highway PatrolAlaska State Troopers and North Woods Law have seen several episodes in which people need to be rescued in relatively shallow water, often during severe floods. The tragic incidents that we’re seeing on some of these law enforcement documentary television shows in which people nearly drown in shallow water, as well as a number of tragic incidents in which law enforcement officers aren’t able to successfully rescue people from drowning in shallow water represent only a small fraction of such incidents throughout the U.S. each year. Sadly, many of these injuries and deaths could have probably been avoided if people had learned how to swim.The numbers of reported drownings in the U.S. vary between years, and it is clear that lack of ability to swim is one of the leading contributing factors. If teaching basic swimming and treading water skills were required as part of the physical education curriculum in all of the public schools in each state, I suspect that several years from now, we’d see a significant reduction in the numbers of incidents in which people are seriously injured or drown in shallow water. READ MORE….