About Me

I’m a writer, researcher, former preschool teacher assistant, and occasional lifeguard.  I’m also the mom of an adorable and very vigorous kid.

When my son’s swimming lessons weren’t going well, I decided to pull all those pieces of my background together and teach him myself. When I do something, I’m all about overkill, so I read dozens of books, interviewed experts, and practiced on my son and other kids. Today, you probably know my son as…Michael Phelps. Just kidding! My kid isn’t an Olympic athlete, but he’s water safe. He knows how to swim, and I taught him myself.

I grew up near the ocean in southern California and still live near the water in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love swimming in the surf, body surfing, and boogie boarding, but I don’t like doing laps or getting into cold water. If you’re interested in getting all of the information in this blog in one place, send me a message about getting the book.

Thanks for reading!


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4 Responses to About Me

  1. AWESOME advice!!! I’m going to promote your site across my social media channels as much as I can! I’m with you on teaching kids to swim and be safe in the water – gently, safely, fun, gradually, age-appropriately. I’ve been in the water with my 2 kids since they were a few months old. My 9-year old is half-dolphin and has been since he was 3, my 7-year old is more cautious but she’s finally really getting it. Best of all – they love the water and have respect for the water.

    • Karen Murphy says:

      Thanks so much for your comment and for the work you’re doing to promote water safety. Your idea to get people to encourage Oprah to do a show on it is brilliant!

  2. Karen:

    Came across your site and thought was great! I am a supporter of drowning prevention and promote water safety through our new online Water Safety Magazine. Please visit watersafetymagazine.com and let me know if you would be interested in submitting an article.
    Keep up the good work!!

  3. Jenna says:

    Karen, this is so great that you’re doing this. I’m one of those moms who will likely be teaching my daughter to swim…it was a bit daunting until I found out about your blog!

    Thanks so much!

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