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    Quote Originally Posted by SKY View Post
    I have always been amazed at the lack of most Dominicans to learn how to swim. After all we are on an Island surrounded by water.
    Swimming is taught in pools. Most Dominicans do not have access to a pool.
    It is much more difficult to teach swimming at a river or beach. You need an environment without distractions so the students listen and know the depths so they can progress from the shallow to deeper end. Teaching breathing technique is much easier if you have an edge to hold on. Having a shallow end and the edge close by inspires confidence.
    I also wondered about so many people not swimming.

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    Swimming in freshwater is completely different from Salt water ..
    If you cant even swim in Calm Salt water , you should not be anywhere near freshwater which is even over your head without Flotation of some kind + people watching carefully over you..
    Those of us who do swim take it for granted sometimes how people who do not swim can panic very easily , especially in fresh water .
    Drowning is very quiet .. there are no calls for help, no screams , no splashing .. it happens very quickly ..
    So sorry to hear that these people lost their lives .
    May they RIP..

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    This is a total misconception that if you can swim you are safe in the sea and rivers. I know personally of a few people who drowned in sea and river being excellent swimmers, mainly due to currents, waves add to that panic plus fatigue or cramp.

    In the river (actually near a dam) two close friends of family drowned, both had taken part in swimming competitions when younger, everyone baffled (not drunk or on drugs, middle-aged men), the verdict was a combination of undercurrent, mud and underwater weeds/plant dragging them under...

    My uncle was a lifeguard on a beach that had rough waters on some days, he lost count of people who lost their lives being good swimmers, but tourists, just going in without knowledge of the sea and currents, panic and get tired, lifeguards couldn't even find them for hours or days. You might say these lifeguards weren't any good then, but the problem was people wouldn't listen to warnings and go in at non-designated area, away from lifeguards, and in rough sea - there was no Jet-ski in old days...!

    Don't think just because you can swim a few meters you are safe, always check with locals, ask where is okay and see where other people swim....

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoomzx11 View Post
    Swimming is taught in pools. Most Dominicans do not have access to a pool.
    where i come the access to pools is very limited and the weather only permits swimming for few months a year yet most of my friends could swim. nearly all of them learnt to swim in open bodies of water, mainly lakes or rivers and when very young.

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    Mr AE grew up in SD, learned to swim right in the waters off the malecon, taught himself, near Guibia. His first job was lifeguard at the Hispaniola Hotel, before he got into the casino business. So it can be done, his opinion is that many Dominicans just don’t want to be bothered learning.

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    I have offered to teach swimming to several local friends and their kids in our safe pool.Not one has even wanted to try..I do find that strange.

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    i worked once with this dominican girl whose brother drowned as a toddler. she was a teen back then. family outing to a river, no one paid attention, that kind of story. she did not know how to swim. and she did not want her son to learn either. i asked and apparently he loved water and never missed a chance to get into the river/ocean. her logic was that not knowing how to swim he was staying in a shallow water but if he knew he would get in deeper and she was worried that he would then drown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    i worked once with this dominican girl whose brother drowned as a toddler. she was a teen back then. family outing to a river, no one paid attention, that kind of story. she did not know how to swim. and she did not want her son to learn either. i asked and apparently he loved water and never missed a chance to get into the river/ocean. her logic was that not knowing how to swim he was staying in a shallow water but if he knew he would get in deeper and she was worried that he would then drown.
    This right here .... is 100% true ....
    Some parents seem to use this strategy to keep the kids in Shallow water .... sad but true..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dv8 View Post
    i worked once with this dominican girl whose brother drowned as a toddler. she was a teen back then. family outing to a river, no one paid attention, that kind of story. she did not know how to swim. and she did not want her son to learn either. i asked and apparently he loved water and never missed a chance to get into the river/ocean. her logic was that not knowing how to swim he was staying in a shallow water but if he knew he would get in deeper and she was worried that he would then drown.
    I'm not sure I would use the word "logic" with that description.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrecksum View Post
    I have offered to teach swimming to several local friends and their kids in our safe pool.Not one has even wanted to try..I do find that strange.
    Sadly the idea of being proactive against a future threat is not a "Dominican thing". Wear a helmet, wear a seat belt, avoid talking on your cell phone while driving????
    Strange in a land where the common expression for goodbye is joined with "be careful".

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