Swimming lessons save lives

Topics: National, Water Safety
August 08, 2012

Swimming lessons may save lives

Knowing how to swim is about much more than being able to show off a terrific backstroke, as this integral life skill can save a person's life. Unfortunately, some parents do not prioritize swimming and water safety lessons for their kids.

“Parents and caregivers need to be vigilant at all times when children have access to any body of water, no matter how big or small," said Shelley Dalke, manager of national swimming and water safety programs for the Canadian Red Cross.

In order to ensure that kids can think quick during emergencies, teaching general water safety skills - such as using flotation devices when necessary and not diving into shallow water - in addition to swimming lessons may help prevent drowning deaths.

According to the Canadian Red Cross, drowning is a main cause of death for youngsters aged one through four in Canada. In fact, it's estimated that 400 Canadians die annually as a result of drowning.

Parents can help their kids properly learn how to swim by enrolling them in swimming lessons through the Canadian Red Cross. With these classes, students can learn five different strokes, as well as basic water safety skills to help kids, teens and adults avoid emergencies

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