San Angelo’s Love Municipal swimming pool will be opening for Memorial Day weekend. Amanda Lozano has more on how to keep your children safe at the pool this year.
“It’s a life skill that I think everybody should have,” said Sandra Piña, the Recreation Supervisor at Love Municipal Pool.
Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger.
Many children are attracted to water. However, their curiosity can quickly lead to a tragedy.
“Here, yeah it’s only 4ft but if you think about a toddler who’s not even 4ft tall, jumping into that 4ft area and they don’t know how to swim, it’s very important for anybody,” explained Piña.
There are a few things you can do as a parent to prevent yourself from being in one of these scary situations.
Piña recommends starting your child in swimming lessons as soon as possible. The Love Municipal Pool offers classes for chlidren as young as 6 months old.
“It’s a parent-child class so it just gets them comfortable with the water,” added Piña.
Even if a child is not the strongest swimmer, being comfortable with water can save their life.
“The more they panic, not everything comes to their mind,” said Piña.
Working with your child at home can also help immensly.
“Having them lay on their back in the bathtub. It sounds silly to float or be on their back, but until their head and everything is comfortable moving on their back in the water, they can go from there,” suggested Piña.
Keeping an eye on your little one when you are out swimming or near a body of water is extremely important.
“Especially here at a public pool. There are lifeguards there and they do everything they can to scan and check the water but they can only do so much,” added Piña.