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Summer Pool Season Begins, Parents Encouraged to Practice Water Safety Rules


The warmer temperatures are certainly drawing crowds to the water to cool off. With may being drowning awareness month, officials are reminding parents to take a a few extra minutes before letting kids jump in to go over those important water safety rules.

"Swimming is something in general that Is done frequently. I know for a fact that I go swimming quite often, especially during the summer." says Joplin resident, and swim lover, Richie Joesph.

Whether it's an indoor pool, an outdoor one, a lake or an ocean, aquatics officials say more fun in the sun, comes with additional dangers.

"Never assume that there are plenty of lifeguards and that that lifeguard sees you or your child as the case may be. You hope so, but don't just operate on the assumption of nothing can go wrong because that's when accidents are most likely to happen." Valerie Earl, Managing Partner of Calypso says.

Earl works with kids to spread awareness about water safety. She says knowing the dangers that can occur in the water is step one in preventing drowning.

"If a child has no water knowledge and no confidence in the water, if they fall in and panic, it's almost a sure thing that they're going to be lost." Earl says.

Even if you aren't a swimmer, the basic rules can still save your life. The first rule is always have an adult with you.
Never swim alone. Always think about whether you are ready for the water. Many people who begin to swim too quickly after a lengthy period of time will cramp up and cause problems.

Third always use the buddy system. Having more eyes on the water and surrounding the water is never harmful.
If you do fall in the water, the rescuer needs to remember - throw, don't go.

Fourth, feet first, first time. The rule mainly applies for lakes where the bottom can't be seen. Shallow water 

According to a statistic from the American Red Cross, nearly 32% of Americans this summer alone will travel to an area with water where no lifeguard is present. And parents say they're not taking any chances with their kids, and putting them in swim lessons.

"Wherever we are, the kids need to be in eyesight. We should be able to see them, they should be able to see us. And you know...don't run away, don't jump when you're not suppose to or dive where you're not suppose to. Just respect the places and the laws." says Vera Joesph, Richie's Mother.

Earl says with just a little basic knowledge of water safety...this summer, for kids and parents, is sure to be a splash.

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