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Taking on Swimming Safety at Dolphin Swim Club

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Summer time is all about spending time in and around the water, but if you're not careful your time could bad very quickly with you or a loved one seriously injured or dead.

Accidental drowning is the number one cause of death for young children.

Before you perfect that cannonball this summer - take a step back and make sure you know the important steps of being safe around the pool.

That's why we sent Aaron down to the dolphin swim club to learn some swimming safety with a group of young swimmers.

Swim club owner Tyler Brewer told me there's not one way to keep children safe around the water but a layered approach that will make sure you're ready when emergencies happen.

"The most important thing for people to know is drowning is preventable. We use a method call the safety 3 - it's important that you have self locking fences, locking gates, having phones around to call 911, and being prepared if there's an accident," said Brewer.

We hit the pool with Aquatics Director Amanda Readette. We worked on a drill swimming to a ball grabbing it, then swimming to the other side of the pool on our backs. A skill you can use when you're too tired to keep swimming.

Next up, how do you help someone when who's drowning when you're on land?

"Do you think it would be safe to swim after someone who's in trouble," asked Readette.

"Yes," said the class.

"No that's not safe at all," explained Readette.

There's a simple phrase that'll tell you just what to do when if this happens near you.

"Throw don't go!"

I got to play practice dummy while my classmates worked on saving me. After completing the class, we earned our medals for the day

While today had a lot of fun and games, it was also about making parents feel secure when their children are around the water.

"Swimming is a skill that you need as an adult throughout life and if he's ever in a dangerous situation I feel confident that he knows what to do," said swim class mom Rina Welt.

"I've been doing this for 10 years and it never gets old to see a child accomplish something they've worked months and months for, the smile on their face and the smile on their parents face and the comfort it brings their parents to know their child is a safer and better swimmer each and every week," said Readette.

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