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YMCA offering water safety tips for summer fun


WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Now that summer is here, the Woodson YMCA is reminding parents to think about water safety.

It's national Water Safety Month, and the YMCA will be starting up summer swimming lessons soon. Senior aquatic director Michael Harbert says good preparation now could save a life later on. "Make sure children have swimming lessons so they have some basic skills so they're safe in the water, and then also those flotation devices like a life-jacket are good to have especially if you're going to a water area you're not familiar with like a lake or a beach."

Water safety at home and on the shore also starts with parents. Harbert says a little preparation and planning can go a long way. "Gates and something that locks is always a good idea. And also teaching your kids to wait for an adult or a lifeguard before they can get into the water." They also recommend against breath-holding contests and making sure guardians stay in arms reach of younger swimmers while in the water.

If you'd like to know more about summer swimming classes or other safety information, you can call the Y at 715-845-2177 or 715-841-1850. You can also visit the Aquatics tab on their website www.woodsonymca.com.