Another swimming season is approaching, and it is an appropriate time to think about some of the hazards which are specific to aquatics. Drowning, a common cause of death in children, is not the only accident which occurs. Physical trauma of many types is associated with activities in or on the water. Most accidents are preventable by proper and specific training. Pediatricians can have a major influence by urging patients to acquire the basic skills as part of their total development.
Currently, there are programs aimed at teaching very young children to "swim." These are not new: they have been tried before. One of the major incentives to the current fad is the argument that because of the increase in numbers of backyard pools, it is desirable to teach the toddler to swim in case he accidentally falls in. This implies that the parents would not have to worry