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Drowning Leading Cause of Death for Kids Under Age 5, Pools Open Soon

SPRINGBORO -- A dip in the pool would have been refreshing in Wednesday's summer-like heat. You can splash at most community pools in just a couple of weeks, with some private pools already open. That has a lot of parents rushing to make sure their kids can safely dive in.

It was all smiles for swim lessons at the Coffman YMCA in Springboro.

"We go swimming almost everyday in the summer and they're little and they're fast and I need to make sure they're being safe in the water," said Amanda Boles who says her daughters, Jada and Chloe, are on their way to being strong swimmers.

Amanda Boles says her girls are here because of this CDC statistic: drowning is the leading cause of death for kids under the age of 5.

"That's what initially caused me to get them into swim lessons a couple of years ago."
   
Parents can start their kids off as early as six months.

Aquatics Director Jarod Walls explains that kids here start off with a few bubbles to keep them afloat , and as they progress, they lose them.

"We teach the kids a lot of back floats, elementary back strokes is key, so that they can be able to move in the water, and feel comfortable when they get tired and be able to float if they need to," said Walls.

Aqua Tots in Springboro has has been open for about a month. Their motto is "Safety first, fun every second."

"Safety first, fun every second. We really want the kids to have a good time here. Some kids come with fear, some kids come with no fear. And they're just in the water and they need to learn there's rules, and how to swim," said Rebecca Sinopoli, the co-owner.

Her husband Paul added, "we believe that drowning is preventable. There's no such thing as drown proofing, a child or anyone but it is preventable with the right skills."

All trainers say the key is supervision and never get too comfortable around water

Amanda knows that well.

"It makes me feel like they're getting the skills they need to be strong swimmers because if something happens, and I'm not right there or I'm watching the other one, that they'll be okay."

You can read more about the lessons at the Coffman Y here and at Aqua Tots here.

At the Coffman YMCA's Splash Week, they're offering Free Swim Lessons from June 9-13, 2014. Groups sign up by grades K-2, 3-4, and 5-6.

For more information, contact Jarod Walls, Aquatics Director at jwalls@daytonymca.org or at 937-886-9622.

 
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