Swimming safety tips

Published: Jul. 17, 2012 at 11:25 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2012 at 11:25 AM CDT
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Summer is here and with that comes long heated days and cooling off with a dip in the pool. A fun way to cool off, but a possible danger also, if children do not know the safety techniques.

Drowning is the number one cause of injury-related deaths in children under five. Already this summer there have been three drowning deaths in East Texas.

That is one statistic that Tyler Tennis and Swim instructor, Dave Fowler, is trying to change.

"It is a life saving skill to learn to relax and float and be safe in the water," Fowler said.

Fowler has taught swimming for 11 years and said the first thing he teaches children is how to float.

"As they're young we want to teach them to roll to their back, float and breathe," Fowler said.

Fowler said this is one basic life-saving technique that will help new swimmers if they find themselves in a tough situation and are panicking.

But it's not just kids that Fowler teaches lessons to; he said when children are swimming parents have a big responsibility in their safety as well.

"Around pools you always want to have someone keeping an eye on them. Then of course around lakes keep an eye on them and have them in a life jacket," Fowler said. 

It's important that children know the safety techniques, Fowler said, but he also doesn't want children to become afraid of the water. He said once they have taken lessons, just have fun.

"Of course, we want them to enjoy the water. The water is great to relax, have fun and enjoy it. Of course, it's great exercise as well," Fowler said.

Amber Abell took her four-year-old son to swimming lessons with Fowler for the first time on Monday. She said her son Frank is adventurous and fearless, so she wanted to make sure he knew how to be safe in the water before he started just jumping right on in.

"Frank has always been happy in the water. He thrives in the water. It's a wonderful activity in the summer when it's hot. I want him to be safe. He loves going to the pool. He was really excited about his swim lessons. So not only is it good for safety, but it makes him
happy as well," Abell said.

Tyler Tennis and Swim offers swimming lessons for children and adults throughout the summer.

You can learn more about their swimming program by clicking here.

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