Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
April 27, 2006
Albany -- The warmer weather has more people spending time outside or in the water. Whether it's poolside or on a boat, water safety is always something to keep in mind.
Learning to swim at a young age can prevent accidents and save lives.
It's not a stroke of genius, learning to swim could save your life one day.
"At some point in time you're always near the water, whether at a hotel pool or the beach or a friend's backyard pool. You don't think you're going to be exposed to it, you probably are sometime," said Beth Satterfield.
That's why parents bring their waterbabies to swimming lessons at the YMCA. It's never too early for a person to get comfortable in the water, even children less than a year old.
"It's just important at this age because they're easier to teach," said Joan Pollard.
These three to five-year-olds are learning the basics: kicking, paddling, treading, and swimming back to the edge of the pool.
Three-year-old Michael Moffatt Junior may not have perfect form yet, but he still makes his grandfather proud watching from above.
"I look at it from a standpoint of safety, I think they all need to be in the water at an early age. This will take away the fear," said Willis Moffatt.
For those who fear water, it's never too early, or too late to learn.
Five-year-old Elizabeth Dickerson says she gets a kick out of it.
"I like to swim underwater and I like to balance on my back," said Elizabeth Dickerson.
Whether swimming to the poolside or swimming ashore at the beach, it's a skill that may come in handy one day.
Some public pool safety tips: never swim alone, follow the pool rules, make sure a lifeguard is on duty, and know your own limitations in the water.