Friday nights during the summer are especially magical because of the pool party sponsored by the Elks Pool! If you haven’t been to the Elks you are really missing out! The City of Boulder [and surrounding towns] offer beautiful facilities that are well kept and I appreciate them. But the Elks offers a down to earth pool in their 70’s style space with a high dive and a low dive, kids playing and having fun, and their Friday Night Family-Friendly Pool Parties – after 5.
These Friday Night Family-Friendly Pool Parties are great for the whole gang, free, & they cook up a b.b.q. so you don’t really need to worry about bringing the food – it’s sort of heaven! So bring a blanket, some sun screen, your towel and get ready for a great night!
Elks Pool – located on the West side of 28th Avenue, North of Iris and South of Jay Rd.
Time – Fridays after 5pm [for the free fun] throughout the summer
None of us think its going to happen. We teach our kids to swim. We watch them near the water. But drowning is not always what we think. I just want to raise awareness.
It was almost exactly a year ago when my family was in Mexico. It was there that a friend told me the scariest story about a near drowning of their friend’s 3 year old when there were 6 adults around. Here is what I learned:
Drowning is often silent [the victim doesn’t yell for attention or gasp for air so loudly you can hear]
Their story goes that 3 couples showed up at their beautiful house for a relaxing vacation in Mexico. The house had a pool in the back. They were standing around talking when they first arrived since they came from different parts of the country. Kids wandered around. 15 minutes went by and they realized they were missing one child. They calmly looked around. It was then that they found their son floating face down in the water with all his clothing on. They still don’t know how it happened, but it did. It was silent. None of the 6 adults heard anything.
Do you know the signs of drowning? Since it is often silent you need to know what do watch for.
Summer is synonymous with water–oceans, pools, sprinklers–whatever it takes to keep cool. And Boulder Families are heading to the water in an effort to cool off from these ridiculously high temps. My kids and I just got back from Mexico where I was shocked by the near drowning that happened to the 3 year old child of my friend’s family friends at their rented beach house. All 3 couples had just arrived at the house. They were talking and letting the kids play together. After a bit they realized one of the 3 year olds was missing. They found him floating in the pool a distinct shade of blue. One of them was an E.R. nurse. She did CPR. He is okay. Miracle. They reported that none of the 6 adults heard anything. What really struck me was how quietly a child can drown. How is that possible?
What Does growing look like?
*Drowning doesn’t look like the dramatic splashing, gulping for air scene Hollywood has painted. Rather, the Instinctive Drowning Response, named by Francesco Pia, Ph.D., is a relatively quiet sequence of events that humans do in order to avoid actual or perceived suffocation in the water. You may not know:
drowning people are physiologically unable to call for help
drowning people’s mouths are not above the surface long enough to call for help
drowning people cannot wave for help
drowning people cannot voluntarily control their arm movements
from beginning to end of the Instinctive Drowning Response, the body remains vertical in the water
If you see these signs, you have a matter of seconds to provide assistance. Additional overt signs of drowning include:
head low in the water, mouth at water level
head titled back with mouth open
eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
hair over forehead or eyes
not using legs, or vertical in the water
hyperventilating or gasping for air
trying to swim in a particular direction but not making any progress
trying to roll over on the back
appear to be climbing an invisible ladder
And just like any other time, kids make noise when they play. If they are quiet in the water, you need to investigate!
*Special thanks to Shoppingmama.com for their post on Safe Swimming. I got a lot of the content for this post from her original post linked above.