Learning Swimming Safety Techniques For Kids - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/29/06

Learning Swimming Safety Techniques For Kids

It's almost time to bring out those bathing suit but experts warn drowning is the second most common death from injuries in kids younger than 14. That's why all morning NewsChannel 11's Suleika Acosta was at the YWCA learning tips on how kids can be safe in the water.

A drowning can happen in the blink of any eye. Rachel Forbes, YWCA aquatics director,  showed us ways to prevent a fatal accident at the pool. If a child should panic while swimming,  Rachel recommends the following:

Survival floating - Facing down in a resting position, you should let your body float in the water with knees tucked into the chest. You should be holding your breath, focusing on relaxing the muscles. Next, take the exhaling position, making swimming motions with your arms until you surface with your head above water to exhale. Inhale and return to resting position after breathing comfortably for a few minutes.

Back floating - Back float is done by lying flat on your back with feet relaxed and slightly apart. Arms should be at your sides moving slowly in a side-to-side motion. If you feel yourself sinking, raise chin, placing head further back in the water. It's important to relax your body when back floating.

  • Be sure to always have adult supervision when kids are in the pool.
  • Obey pool rules.
  • Swim with a buddy.
  • Use flotation devices or keep them close by.
  • Avoid chewing gum or eating while swimming, it could be a choking hazard.

For information on swimming lessons and life guard training offered at the YWCA, call 792-2723 or (click here).

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