It was spring break, and the family was excited for a little Florida sun, family time, boating, beach\u00a0and pool. When we arrived\u00a0at grandma and grandpa\u2019s house, we walked to the backyard, where my\u00a04-year-old immediately kicked off his flip-flops and began scaling one of the palm trees. While we all stared in awe at his ascent, what we didn\u2019t realize was that our\u00a02-year-old, who had just been standing right next to me, had stealthily slipped away and into the pool. The next thing I knew,\u00a0my brother was yelling \u201cWyatt!\u201d\u00a0and running toward\u00a0the pool. I spun around to see my baby bobbing, with only his eyes above the water, staring at me in terror. There was no splashing or thrashing, no screaming or coughing \u2014\u00a0nothing. Just silence. And I was frozen in fear. Did you know 23% of child drownings happen during a family gathering near a pool? We did not. Fast forward two months, and we were at my friend\u2019s house for a playdate swim. Floaties on, safety first, no problem. Then, it was time for lunch \u2014\u00a0pizza by the pool. Surely, it would be\u00a0OK\u00a0to take his floaties off for just a minute while he ate. I got Wyatt situated with a slice and turned my back to get his brother and sister their plates. The next thing I heard was that all-too-familiar shriek, \u201cWyatt!\u201d Standing not two feet away, I spun around to see Wyatt, silently bobbing just off the steps of the pool. Again, he had somehow gone undetected without a sound, a splash, not a drop of water misplaced. And, again, I froze in fear.\u00a0\u00a0 The last scare was on closing day at the local pool, where a floaty-less Wyatt casually walked down a gradient bottom pool until his face was underwater. This time, it was me who saw it happen and yelled to my husband from across the pool, \u201cWyatt!\u201d He pulled him out without a splash or cough.\u00a0 My kids love\u00a0the water, to swim, and splash\u00a0and play. We had been diligent about getting them comfortable around\u00a0water \u2014\u00a0maybe too comfortable. They had even had a few private lessons, and by many accounts, were all \u201creally strong swimmers.\u201d But while we were busy building their love for the water, what\u00a0we had neglected was the need for water safety; and frankly, there\u2019s a big difference between the two mentalities.\u00a0 Related: The Benefits of Year-Round Swimming When the winter rolled around and a friend told me about her early childhood swim school, I knew we had to go.\u00a0Since February, we\u2019ve been practicing once a week during our 30-minute class at Aqua-Tots.\u00a0I am so impressed with each of the kids' drastic improvements already.\u00a0Now, rather than frantic paddles to stay afloat, Wyatt is able to efficiently put strokes together, to not only stay afloat, but calmly make his way back to the wall. What once felt like\u00a0an overwhelming task \u2014\u00a0hauling three\u00a0kids to swim lessons by myself \u2014\u00a0in reality, couldn\u2019t be easier. From the office staff to the swim instructors, and even the post-swim amenities, Aqua-Tots has completely transformed my mindset on swim safety and made it a manageable and exciting part of our\u00a0routine. Not to mention that\u00a0learning to swim can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% for 1 to\u00a04 year\u00a0olds\u00a0who take formal swim lessons.\u00a0 May is National Drowning Prevention Awareness Month, and those summer pool days are right around the corner. Don\u2019t leave swim safety to chance. Call Aqua-Tots to schedule a free assessment and have a trained professional assess your child\u2019s preparedness for water safety. From one parent to another, I implore you, please, take my family\u2019s near-tragic experiences and learn water safety before it\u2019s too late.\u00a0 Aqua-Tots is temporarily closed,\u00a0but will reopen as soon as they are able. Aqua-Tots North Indianapolis is located on E. 96th\u202fStreet, between Allisonville Road and Keystone Parkway.\u202fYour child's first in-water evaluation is FREE. In the meantime, Aqua-Tots is offering kids activity resources and continued water safety education through their Facebook and Instagram pages. Follow Aqua-Tots on Facebook and Instagram.