Check out the link, it is definitely worth it. My own life experiences have shown this to be entirely accurate. The first is from my young teenage years. We had this fun family that lived across the street from us growing up. They had a couple of kids who were the same age as my younger sisters and for whatever reason they liked us. I babysit their kids and they paid well. They had a pool they let us use. They had a beach house in Mexico that they'd take us along to and they had a really sweet boat and four wheelers...a lot of the exciting things I got to do as a kid revolved around them. One day we were at their house for a family party. There were tons of adults and kids everywhere. I was in the kitchen with the wife and my mom, adults were out at the pool as well as many children. All the sudden Keri dropped the dish she was working on, ran out the backdoor and jumped into the pool fully clothes. What she could see through her back window that all the other adults had missed was that her youngest was just bobbing under the water. He was no longer coming up. There was no splashing, no distress, he was just floating there a few inches of water above his head keeping him from the air his lungs so desperately needed. He was a good swimmer, but was young (maybe 5) and in the deep end and had just gotten too worn out to push himself off the bottom or swim to the side. He ended up being fine but I often wonder what would have happened had she not noticed him silently floating. How long it would have taken the other people surrounding him in the pool to realize he was not ok.
The second time I want to talk about was with Dr. J. We were in this really swanky hotel in Luxor (well swanky by my standards) swimming in this giant pool. Dr. J decided to swim Captain E ( A two year old at the time) across the pool, but right when he was at the middle of the deepest part of the pool he just lost all his strength. My husband has a lot of strength for his size, but he is not a great swimmer and floating for him is nearly impossible because of his super low body fat. Adding on Captain E's extra twenty pounds put his density at to high to float and since he only had one hand to swim with, the other was holding our toddler, he just couldn't tread water fast enough to stay up. I was standing on the side of the pool and I saw him do the weirdest thing. One second he was paddling along with one hand and the next he simply sunk under the water and put our baby up into the air with one hand. It was at that moment I realized he was in trouble. I jumped into the pool. Swam over as fast as I could and grabbed Captain E. With my overabundance of body fat floating my way back to the shallow end was easy even with twenty extra pounds. With the freedom of his arm and the loss of the extra weight Dr. J was able to push himself off the bottom of the pool and swim to the side. I asked him what he thought was going to happen by putting Captain E up in the air and he told me he just hoped someone would see him and come and get him before Dr. J passed out and couldn't keep the baby above water anymore.
Both of these instances were completely silent. By the time they realized they were in trouble neither could yell and there was literally no splash to draw you attention. If your eyes wouldn't have been on them you wouldn't have even known there was a problem. Which brings me to this summer.
We've gone to the pool twice now and with four kids it can be a crazy. There are two life guards watching the pool at all times but I've got a very adventurous 19 month old and three times have had to grab her up from the water where she has face planted and is doing a completely silent dead mans float. All three of these times were in the baby pool in water she could easily stand in, but young toddlers seem to completely lack the ability to push themselves up once they go face first into the water. Luckily I was near by and could scoop her up quickly. I then have Peach who is a non swimmer and yet wants to float into the four feet and beyond side on a raft and Gigi and Captain E who are budding swimmers but I can see sometimes as they are moving through the water their strokes start to slow and they get a little swamped. They never call for help. Oh sure I hear "help" and screaming all the time when I'm in the pool but is involves my kids scrapping over toys or gleeful splash wars. When there is real trouble they never say a word and their splashing is almost non existent. I love to be in the water. I think it is the Arizona in me but a summer without a pool is unbearable. I love to have my kids there. I can't imagine a summer without swimming and we have invested and will continue to invest in swim lessons for our children because I think a life skill all people should have whether they enjoy it or not is the ability to swim, but I also recognize there is a danger in the water and that as parents we have an obligation to be constantly on alert. There is no substitute for your eyes on your child and that's why it's important to know what you should be looking for. Not surprisingly media has completely corrupted what we think drowning looks and sounds like. Media is wrong. So read the article, to know what you are looking for, and then be safe and enjoy your summer!