(KFVS) - For many families, swimming is a great way to bond and spend time during the summer.
However, there can be a danger if it’s not done properly. The American Red cross says drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death of children ages one to 14.
There are precautions you can take before heading to the pool, beach or lake.
First of all, do not swim alone. If possible, swim in an area where lifeguards can supervise the activities.
If there is no lifeguard, make sure an adult is around and adults should use the buddy system. Inexperienced swimmers should use life jackets or flotation devices.
Avoiding distractions can also help prevent a tragedy.
Adults that are watching children swim should know where the nearest reaching or throwing equipment is located and know how to use first aid.
Of course, learning how to swim is the best way to avoid accidental drowning.
The Cape Girardeau Parks and Recreation department is teaching swim lessons at the Cape Central Pool and Cape Splash in the summer of 2019. The lessons are available for children ages six months to nine years. Sessions start on June 3, June 27 and July 15.
They last eight lessons and cost $35 for Cape Girardeau resident and $40 for non-residents. For more information about the classes, interested parties can call 573-339-6340. Enrollment forms are online at www.cityofcape.org/aquatics.