At Samuell Grand Pool Friday afternoon, you could hear the splash of the water, the giggles, the squeals of delight, but if one of the children in the pool were in danger of drowning, the sounds of summer would cease in less than a minute.
It’s called the instinctive drowning response. It’s what people do to avoid suffocating underwater, and it is often very quiet when it happens. No screams or flailing arms.
“Other times they go under, just take a big breath of water – just a big mouth of water – and that’s it,” Robles said.
Elena Ramsey learned to swim just last year at the pool where a free water safety education class was held Friday. The event, called Splash Day, is sponsored by the City of Dallas.
Ramsey wanted her children to begin swimming at an early age. Her oldest daughter started at two. Her five-year-old is just beginning.
“Anything can happen in the pool, and so I want them to be prepared and ready and just still have fun,” she said.