Georgia has a new initiative to keep children safe while they're swimming this summer.
SPLASH, stands for
ook before you leap,
wim lessons and
ave a water safety plan.
Georgia has an average of 32 child drowning deaths a year. Officials hope this raises awareness and increases safety on all bodies of water.
"The best thing you can do is make sure that they can swim. Swimming lessons are so important at an early age, so that is one of the best things you can do. And supervision is a biggie," said Dewayne Tanner, the Environmental Health District Director.
"Does every child learn how to swim after one lesson? Not every child. So we tell parents, plan in advance. The lessons run year round, so it's not just a summer thing," said Rachel Ortegon, the YMCA Aquatic Director.
The YMCA offers a program through the American Red Cross called Whales Tails, where children learn about all aspects of water safety.