Learning to swim can save lives - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Learning to swim can save lives

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.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=YoungSwimmers

 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    The Latest: Irma weakens into a tropical depression

    Monday, September 11 2017 3:27 AM EDT2017-09-11 07:27:29 GMT
    Tuesday, September 12 2017 2:42 AM EDT2017-09-12 06:42:09 GMT
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
    Irma weakened to a Category 1 storm as the massive hurricane zeroed in on the Tampa Bay region early Monday after hammering much of Florida with roof-ripping winds, gushing floodwaters and widespread power outages.More >>
  • Sisters face drug charges in Coffee Co.

    Sisters face drug charges in Coffee Co.

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:44 AM EDT2017-09-19 14:44:52 GMT
    (Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)(Source: Coffee Co. Sheriff)

    Krystel Merritt and Christina Maria Lott of Douglas are behind bars at the Coffee County Jail following a lengthy investigation by drug agents. 

    More >>

    Krystel Merritt and Christina Maria Lott of Douglas are behind bars at the Coffee County Jail following a lengthy investigation by drug agents. 

    More >>
  • Albany Target to hire seasonal employees soon

    Albany Target to hire seasonal employees soon

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 5:33 AM EDT2017-09-19 09:33:16 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Nationwide, the company plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to help with the demand.

    More >>

    Nationwide, the company plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to help with the demand.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly