I’m in the process of getting organized to help teach a bunch of Boy Scouts about water safety for their swimming merit badge class. And it appears that the lessons are as important as ever.
It’s not even mid-May yet, and Austin has apparently had its first summer drowning. Earlier this week a 28 year old paddle boarder jumped off his board (presumably to cool off) and never resurfaced.
These types of things are scary, and the early event might prompt me to write a post or series on water safety later in the week or month. But the most important thing to remember now is to always wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket. We all think we’re good enough swimmers to survive a fall from a paddleboard, canoe, or boat. But we never know what’s lurking in the water or what other types of dangers might be there.