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Melon Dash comments

Posted in: 3 schoolgirls drown in Fukuoka river on 1st day of summer vacation See in context

Swimming lessons for kids and adults are not over until the swim student can rest peacefully in water over their heads for at least ten minutes away from any wall or support. Strokes don't provide safety and therefore are not necessary. Knowing how the water works with your body--how you float--is absolutely essential to safety. If you're one of few who don't float, it's not an emergency. But you have to know how it works.

As many commenters have said, this story was preventable. But many people teaching swimming lessons and many people in charge of family water safety are not well-enough trained to convey correct messages about learning to swim. The information they need is known and available.

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