Red Cross urges kids and their parents to learn to swim

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DENVER — An alarming new study by the American Red Cross shows more than half of adults who say they can swim actually don’t know the basics, yet they allow their children to get into the water.

That means they are not able to tread water for one minute, swim to the surface in deep water or get out of the water without the use of a ladder.

Experts say many adults choose not to learn how to swim due to fear of the water and pass that fear along to their kids. Experts say it’s never too late to take swimming lessons and receive CPR training.

It’s extremely important to teach children about water safety so they can stay safe in all conditions whether they are in the pool, at the beach or in the bathtub.

Jennifer Morris, a safe swimming expert and instructor at the Safe Splash Swim School says, “The last thing you want is if your child is in danger near the water and then you feel helpless and you can’t help them and have to rely on someone else.”

The Safe Splash Swim School has several locations throughout the metro area and partners with the Colorado Drowning Prevention Taskforce. The school provides safety training and swim instruction to kids of all ages including infants. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children can begin to learn to swim at age 6 months.

Morris says, “Our little guys are jumping in off the side and coming up floating on their back and then swimming to the wall so that they can save themselves.”   Parents can develop the proper water safety skills by attending classes provided by the American Red Cross.

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