If you are a parent, it is your job to keep your child safe. One way to do that is to teach your child how to swim. This shouldn't be an option.
Sometimes I get bored waiting for Jude at swim lessons. I usually read a book or play Scrabble on my iPhone. Several times I have considered quitting the lessons because it interferes with our after school schedule. However, after hearing this story, I will never, ever complain again. Instead, I will continue to pay for lessons and continue to enroll Jude until he is an excellent swimmer. I owe him that.
If you're a parent, be a good one and teach your child how to swim. Please.