Hazen encourages parents to start their children in swimming lessons or a water safety program before the age of 5, in accordance with a new stance by the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Every summer kids are injured by drowning and a lot of them are 2 to 3 years old. If they can get to a water safety program before that, it might make all the difference. That's what's inspired me-to try to save as many children's lives as we possible can."
The booklet doesn't present new information, Hazen says, but compiles the most important information on water safety and makes it more accessible to parents. "We wanted to create one central location where parents could get this kind of information for their area." In that spirit, the task force will also present this information on its new website: Check out www.lidptf.org.
For those interested in joining the task force or sponsoring a reprinting of the booklet, contact Hazen at [email protected].