For many years, we’ve been updating and educating our loyal fans about different ways to reduce drowning risks around their homes. Our goal is to expand drowning prevention awareness to every single home.

Even if you don’t own a a swimming pool, your child faces many potential drowning risks. A new report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirms what we’ve been saying for years: It can take just a few inches of water for a young child to drown.

Here are some important facts from the report:

  • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 4 years-old
  • It takes only a few inches of water for a young child to drown.
  • With products such as bathtubs, buckets, bath seats, toilets, and landscaping features indicates that from 2006 to 2010, there were 684 incidents involving children younger than five-years-old. This figure includes 434 fatalities (an average of 87 per year), 233 injuries, and 17 incidents with no known injuries.
  • 82% of the victims were younger than the age of two and 81% of the incidents involved bathtubs or bath related products.
  • Bathtubs are the second leading location where young children drown.
  • 92% of the incidents occurred in residential settings.
  • 28 % of fatalities involved a lapse in supervision, such as a parent or caregiver leaving the bathroom to answer the phone or door, or retrieving a towel.
  • 23% of the fatalities involved, the child was left with another child, usually older.
  • In 10% of the fatalities involved a product found outside the home, including  decorative yard equipment or a bucket
  • 3% were found inside the home in a bucket, container or trash basket that was being used for cleaning.

Chairman Inez Tenenbaum said:Too many young children are drowning,” Just as with pools, I urge parents and caregivers to childproof their home and constantly supervise young children around bathtubs, bath seats and buckets. Taking extra safety steps at home can help prevent a tragic drowning.”

We couldn’t agree more.



For the past three months twice a week we have worked with children ages 3 to 7 perfecting their strokes, their breathing, their endurance and most important their team spirit. They have developed in so many areas and far exceeded even their own expectations. Our swim meet was absolutely amazing with over 100 visitors cheering their little Olympians while they move through the water trying to beat their team mate.

Being part of a swim team at a young age improves these children’s ability in the water and give them the sense of “I can do it” more than anyone could possibly imagine. We have created some spectacular swimmers who we know will continue to succeed in swimming. Our next swim team practice will begin in February and we are so excited to see our old and some new swimmers back.

There are so many benefits to children participating on a swim team. Their ability to use all their muscles in a safe environment is tremendous. They learn proper swim strokes that will be used throughout their lives. The exercise that prevents childhood obesity is better then any other type of exercise as they use every part of their body and develop incredible muscle tone.

There are so many social and health benefits to being on a swim team. The children develop lasting friendships and team spirit. All of our kids have become so close and when they are together they cheer for each other during their meets and respect each other out of the water.

For more information about our kids swim Teams in Plantation, Florida, visit To keep up with the latest news and pics from our school, you can follow us on the Baby Otter Swim School Facebook page and the Baby Otter Swim School Twitter Account.




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