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Lifeguards prep for new season

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May 6, 2008

  Albany ---   Potential lifesavers started their training for the summer swimming season. A class of about 10 future lifeguards met at the Albany YMCA for their pre-requisite swim test.

They're working to earn Lifeguard certification by the Red Cross. They have to go through 30-hours of training in and out of the water. But remember many pools and beaches aren't guarded, so Acquatics Director Paul Flinchbaugh says supervision is important.

"Some of the main causes of drowning are accidental entrance into the water. A child that is not quite a strong of a swimmer, should that child find itself unexpectedly in the water. That typically ends up unfortunately a tragic situation," said Flinchbaugh.

He also encourages parents to sign up their kids for swimming lessons.