On June 4th 2019, our daughter Cati, attended her second day of summer camp. Because Cati did not know how to swim, we told the camp that she must wear a life jacket before entering the pool area. That request was ignored, and Cati drowned because she was not wearing a life jacket. Her death could and should have been prevented.
Please ask these questions before enrolling your child in any day or summer camp.
*Always notify the camp staff if your child is a weak or non-swimmer and make sure you also tell your child’s direct counselor. If your child is a weak or non-swimmer, teach them not to enter the water until they are wearing a properly fitted and fastened life jacket. Everyone, regardless of age or swimming ability should wear a life jacket when on a boat or when they are in or around open water.
*A study has shown that if your child is comfortable swimming with WATER OVER THE HEAD , then it is reasonable to assume that they do have swim skills.