Water is dangerous to humans because we breathe air and, as we all know, water does not have air!
The need to breathe happens automatically. If we exhale, our body naturally does what comes next – inhale new air. This same situation cannot occur in the water – there is no air under water. A struggle for air without skill will never allow someone to actually break the surface long enough to inhale, so they swallow and finally aspirate (take water into the respiratory system).
When someone is a new or non-swimmer, the safest thing they must do is to hold their breath. Breath control is one of the skills we teach our students at Aqua-Tots.