NEWSMAKER– Water safety skills key to enjoy recreational summer

| July 17, 2017
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CARROLLTON, Mo.- Teaching children the importance of how to be safe around the water becomes a necessity at an early age. During the summer months, swimming remains the most popular activity among kids.

A multitude of water recreational activities can be taken advantage of by Missourians. From water parks with wave pools and slides, to scenic natural rivers and reservoirs, and even your local recreational pool, each carry their own safety concerns.

In today’s “KMZU Newsmaker, Susan Davis, Aquatics Director with the Grand River Area Family YMCA, said through the help of the USA Swimming Organization the YMCA educates the community on tips, resources, and educational material surrounding water safety.


According to the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services, many local health departments do have active recreational water safety programs including regular inspections and sampling of controlled pools/spas and natural bathing beaches and subsequent bather safety recommendations based on their findings.

YMCA’s “Safety Around the Water” education includes exercises to help kids adjust to being in water, instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” two skill sets kids can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water, specific safety topics, like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help and fun activities that reinforce skills.

For more information on water safety and available resources visit the YMCA’s website. The Missouri Department of Health and Human Services also provides information on water safety threats and waterborne illnesses.




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