Kevin J. May, Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida (Florida Supreme Realty)

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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

I also learned to swim as a child and we had a pool growing up. I don't recall many pools in our neighborhood but recall hearing of the occasional drowning due to a pool or the ocean. Sad.

Mar 13, 2018 10:05 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Kevin, I wonder how many of those drownings are out of state visitors who are not used to the ocean?

By the way,  our Great Lakes state to the north has more shoreline than CA and FL combined with treacherous Lakes Michigan and Superior as well as Huron and Erie.     (I know you said coastline, but it is truly an inland sea)  ^_~

You should blog on this Kevin as every parent needs continually reminded how important it is to learn to swim,  and for children to be supervised at all times around water.

Mar 13, 2018 10:00 AM
Peter Testa
Nationwide Homes - Danbury, CT

Is there a law that all pools must be completely fenced in? It's the law in CT.

Mar 13, 2018 11:25 AM
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 Florida's swimming pool fence law.    Some years ago, a Tallahassee news anchor's 2 year old child wandered outside and drowned in the pool.  That  sad incident is when the Legislature enacted the swimming pool fence law.

Mar 13, 2018 10:45 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

This is a good reminder that the kids need to learn how to swim.

Mar 13, 2018 10:06 AM
Diana Zaccaro
Tropical Realty Beachside power by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
Your Brevard County, Florida coastal connection!

I would love to see mandatory swimming lessons for all children in our schools as part of phys ed. And there are classes for young children where they learn to float and tread water that should also be required.

Fred Griffin's comment reminded me of a local child drowning some years ago. The details were sketchy but, apparently the mother was in the shower and the toddler managed to unlock the door to the caged pool. The alarm went off but by the time the mother got there, it was too late.

Why can't our legislature  pass a law requiring swimming lessons?


Mar 13, 2018 08:12 PM
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good question Kevin.

Mar 13, 2018 06:35 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Alliance Real Estate - Minot - Minot, ND
Bob Timm, Broker Associate, Alliance Real Estate

It really is hard to understand Kevin J. May . I live in a land locked State and we have no pool but our kids received swimming lessons as soon as it was possible to give them lessons.

Mar 13, 2018 02:07 PM
Caroline Gerardo
Eagle Home Mortgage, LENNAR HOMES Home Loans - Newport Beach, CA
C. G. Barbeau the Loan Lady

I was a lifeguard and swam in college- taught lessons for free hundreds of times. A child who can follow verbal or hand directions can learn to dog paddle, turn and grab the side at about age 2 (age threshold depends on child)  I wish you had some statistics on the why and when and how. 

Some instances are:

not passing the baton of honor and responsibility clearly when the watching parent takes a break,  drinking, a gate left ajar, use of arm floaties rather than swim lessons giving false confidence, and unfamiliar landscape...

Mar 13, 2018 12:17 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

My parents had me swimming when I was 4. My son could swim by 3 but  never ever without supervision. Supervision is the key!

Mar 13, 2018 10:54 AM
J.R. Schloemer, CRS
Kentucky Select Properties - Louisville, KY

To me, swimming is a life skill. I hate that my children can not swim any better than they can currently. When I was their ages I was all over the pool by myself and on the swim team. They just aren't into swimming like I was and I have a tough time getting them to listen and swim.

Mar 13, 2018 09:46 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

So sad, Kevin J. May 

Mar 13, 2018 09:37 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

And hopefully a long lifetime!

Mar 13, 2018 09:31 AM
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

As tragic and sad as these deaths are ... they do happen.  Learning to swim is a must in my world.  My son was in water babies at 6 months of age. He is a strong swimmer today ... and was a lifeguard when he was younger. 

Mar 13, 2018 05:58 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It is tragic and a part of having water easily accessible, important to have these fenced well and have adults watching them closely.

Mar 13, 2018 12:39 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Well I would say it boils down to the parents right? I remember when I was a kid my Mom insisted we take lessons to at least get us back to shore. 

I also thought you had rules about pool fences & water monitor alarms.

Mar 13, 2018 12:34 PM
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

This is such a sad statistic as it is so easy to change as you say.

Mar 13, 2018 12:30 PM
Steve Penner
Royal LePage / Moneyledgers Software - Winnipeg, MB
REALTOR / Owner of Moneyledgers

very very sad, and a good question... just a guess..  maybe a combination of..  lots of: water; beaches; pools; swimming; and tourists... equals overall high number of drownings.  Would be curious about number of drawings per pool,  etc.. to dig a little deeper on the stats may help understand the "why" question you are asking.

Mar 13, 2018 10:48 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I was born in a port city on the Mediterranean.  I learned to swim in the sea at 3 years old  It is just what every parent did then.  With FREE lessons, parents have no excuse.  A

Mar 13, 2018 10:45 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

I've seen your pool areas.... we always had an inground pool and the pool was surrounded by a 4' fence with a gate that closed on its own and had a padlock on it.... safety .... it's our building code for the installation of all pools...inground and above ground....

Mar 13, 2018 10:44 AM
Nina Hollander
RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

This is a question that has no good answer. But your solution, Kevin, is spot on!

Mar 13, 2018 10:36 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Repeatedly we read the overseer was momentarily distracted.

Left child in car....momentarily distracted.

Ran over pedestrian.. momentarily distracted.

Raising children is an awesome privilege that requires unrelenting vigilance.

Swimming lessons would be a good start but vigilance is the answer.

One NJ father recently arrived to Florida flew into outrage realizing alligators populate the shoreline of fresh water lakes. Yes, that means you most be vigilant even at the park.

Mar 13, 2018 09:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

I agree, it is the best gift ever, Kevin. I've never understood parents not teaching their children how to swim at a very early age. We lived on the coast at one point and I was always surprised at the number of people who didn't know how to swim and would never get in the water.

Mar 13, 2018 08:58 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

That's terrible. Kids should learn to swim young, and parents / pool owners need to take extra steps to monitor kids and create safe areas around pool with fencing, or keep them covered when not in use.

Mar 13, 2018 02:21 PM
Terri Woods
Bexar and Comal Counties - San Antonio, TX
Selling Real Estate in San Antonio, Texas & Area

I know some cities have mandates in which a pool must have a separate fence with a lock. I have a family member in Arizona and even their windows leading to the backyard must be secured to avoid a tragedy.

This is one of those sad things that most people don't think it will happen to them. Kinda like texting and driving. So sad.

I do agree with swimming lessons early. And always respect the water. We used to live in CA and so many people turn their back on the ocean, or try and get that perfect picture only to find themselves washed out to sea. 

Mar 13, 2018 12:41 PM
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

I think it is more often the case of inattentiveness. Sadly, it is that 5 minutes when mom is doing something and doesn't realize that the gate to the pool was open and Jr. toddled out there. 

As far as lakes and oceans, I think most people are visiting and are hyper-vigilant about where their kids are. It is easy to get distracted by the "every day". I would not buy a lake house as a primary residence before we had kids. My husband was not that happy, but I didn't want the added danger of my kids toddling off into the lake when I turned my back. Our kids are both swimmers now and, since prices have increased dramatically, we never did buy a lake house. I am ok with it. 

Mar 13, 2018 11:44 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Kevin J. May We had a little boy drown in my neighborhood a few years back. It is a sad situation when this happens.

Mar 13, 2018 11:31 AM
Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon

That is a very, very sad statistic to have. 

Mar 13, 2018 11:18 AM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

very sad

Mar 13, 2018 05:38 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A very good question.  Mn has 10,000 lakes and  I can't even float

Mar 13, 2018 04:43 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

I'm not sure what's surprising comparing Florida vs. Alaska.  It's warm year round in Florida, but not in Alaska, so simply more opportunities.


All that aside, yes, this is sad.  Teach people how to swim, have gates, never have kids unsupervised, even if they know how to swim. 

Mar 13, 2018 12:11 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Swimming lessons are critical; such preventable tragedies.

Mar 13, 2018 11:38 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Human nature demonstrating itself....Learn from others or get your own experience. These dynamics visit with us all known as a word to the wise

Mar 13, 2018 10:54 AM
David Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

Well you may have sort of answered your own question... more pools would increase the number of pool drownings regardless of precautions. 

If safeguards aren't being enforced or followed that would also contribute.

Mar 18, 2018 08:13 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good information.

Mar 14, 2018 07:06 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
BVO Luxury Group @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

I learned at a young age

Mar 14, 2018 05:17 AM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Pools need fencing, water alarms and yes, teach your kids how to swim. Most important, kids should not be left alone to play near a pool, ever

Mar 14, 2018 04:59 AM
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

When I grew up we had a pool and so did many neighbors-all with no fences! No one drown and that is because we were all taught to swim very young (less than 1 year old for me). Also our parents weren't as distracted as they are now so I blame it on the parents, end of comment.

Mar 14, 2018 04:26 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I am sor

Mar 14, 2018 04:15 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Kevin J. May - I guess, this means there are more places where kids can drown!

Mar 13, 2018 09:21 PM
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Are the stats for drowning in the owner's pool or at the beach?

Mar 13, 2018 06:51 PM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I think many parents overlook the danger when you mix a small child and a pool.

Mar 13, 2018 12:27 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Now you have me wondering, are there any outside pools in Alaska

Mar 20, 2018 08:48 AM
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

That is really sad - parents should have a better plan in place if their kids get into the pool.

Mar 16, 2018 03:13 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

Here in CA,family with kids usually install a gate around pool....

what a sad statistics....

Mar 14, 2018 06:25 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

living on a lake my parents and myself taught kids to swim as toddlers.  Besides you have to be extra watchful where kids and water are at the same place even if they can swim, that just buys you a tiny amount of time.

Mar 14, 2018 02:49 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

Kevin, Are there statistics showing if kids are drowning in pools or bodies of water? Fl has a ton of lakes and marsh areas. You're right, people need to make sure their kids know how to swim at an early age as well as take safety precautions. We bought a house with a pool when my son was just crawling. The pool was enclosed and the house had an alarm system which beeped when doors or windows were opened. We also put up a kid safety fence with was difficult to open, even for adults. Lastly, we taught our son safety swim lessons. he could swim and exit a pool by the time he was 14 mths old. You can never be too careful. Parents also need to make sure their kids can't access a pool via a pet door. 

Mar 14, 2018 08:14 AM