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Working Moms… It’s pool season and “Drowning Prevention Month.”  My daughter just received her Red Cross lifeguard permit and we were talking about the importance of pool safety.

When the weather gets HOT we want to head out to the water but it’s also a time where many lose their lives because of lack of knowledge of how to swim or for pool safety.

So I ran across this article from WRAL this morning.  Here are 3 things that we can practice with our kids to ensure their safety in the water.

Coaches at the Goldfish Swim School in Cary, an indoor teaching pool for kids, say there are three things you should practice with your kids.

  1. Make sure they know how to find the nearest wall if they need to rest or hold on.
  2. Knowing how to float on their backs is useful when they get tired and need to take a breath.
  3. Knowing how to crawl out of the pool by themselves.

Among preventable injuries, drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 – 4 years old.

Parents should also know how to swim well.

As minorities we are less likely to know how to swim so the dangers of swimming are higher.  Let’s make it a mission to learn to swim… including myself!!!

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