AquaKnow Aquatics Offering Swimming Lessons for Autistic Children

November 04, 2005 (PRLEAP.COM) Education News
Last year there were 3,847 unintentional drownings in recreational water sites in the United States, averaging about nine people per day.

More than 4,000 additional people are treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal drownings.

Children are especially at risk; drowning remains the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14 years.

"Remember that swimming lessons do not drown-proof younger kids and that they should always be supervised in the water, whether or not they know how to swim." Said Don Crowley owner of Austin, Texas based AquaKnow Aquatics.

What you can do:
· Make sure that an adult is constantly watching children swimming or playing in or around the water.
· Do not read, talk on the phone or engage in any other distracting activity while supervising children.
· Enroll you and your children in swimming lessons.
· Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). While waiting for paramedics to arrive, your CPR skills may help save a life.
· Never swim alone or in unsupervised places and always swim with a buddy.
· Select swimming sites that have lifeguards whenever possible.
· Do not use air-filled or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles or inner tubes, in place of life jackets.

These are toys and are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Austin, Texas based AQUAKNOW AQUATICS provides AQUA-tic Health and Safety KNOW-ledge that will promote a lifetime filled with safe water activities.

The classes are directed and taught by Don Crowley, a University of Texas Faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, an American Red Cross Instructor Trainer & Volunteer and a US Swimming and Diving coach with more than 18 years of aquatic instruction experience.

For Information on swimming lessons for Infant through Adult of Any Levels just visit or call (512)377-AQUA or (512)377-2782