(Told through her mother Mande)
“My daughter Aubrey is four and a half years old. She has been swimming at Catch the Wave on and off since she was about eight months and is currently in the Elite class level focusing on technique and skill. I almost chose to take her out of standard lessons that focus on safety because she is already a “safe” swimmer and doesn’t need a life vest or help from other floatation devices. However, I decided to keep her enrolled because lessons continued to make her even stronger in the water.
Two weekends ago, Aubrey and her friends were swimming in our family pool. Although they are all the same age and size, the others needed to wear life jackets while in the water. Later that day, one of Aubrey’s friends fell into the deep end without her vest and was having trouble staying afloat. Luckily, my daughter realized her life was in danger and immediately jumped in and swam out to help. After leading her friend to the edge, Aubrey got out of the pool and then pulled her out without any help! Again, they were the same size and age. It only took me a moment to realize that my little girl saved her best friend’s life.
This is a cautionary tale for parents everywhere to be mindful of children in the pool at all times and to think twice before underestimating the importance of swim lessons even if your child is able to swim unassisted in the water.
Ensuring that your child is a strong swimmer could save their life, or in my daughter’s case, a friend’s life.
Thank you Catch The Wave for allowing Aubrey to be a hero that day.”
-Mande, proud and thankful MOM!