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Stay safe in and around water – learn to swim

SPONSORED • Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 9:22 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 3:07 p.m. CDT
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Now that the warm weather has arrived in the area, people are sure to look for ways to cool off.

One of the easiest ways to cool off is swimming, whether at a home pool, community pool, water park, lake or other body of water, it is important to keep safety in mind. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children need to learn how to swim. Research has shown that children ages one- to four-years-old may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming instruction.

The United States Swim School Association advises starting swim lessons as young as possible. They offer lessons for children as young as two months old. Most swim programs start at a very early age because it is easier to teach an infant, rather than a four- or five-year-old who has already built up a fear of the water, according to the United States Swim School Association.

The St. Charles Park District offers group swim lessons for those as young as six-months-old through 14-years, at both Otter Cove Aquatic Park, 3615 Campton Hills Road, and Swanson Pool, 8 North Ave.

The teacher-to-student ratio is 1:4 for group lessons. Swim lesson instructors are trained in CPR and first aid and all have experience working with children.

According to the park district, early swim lessons set a positive foundation towards a lifetime of participation and enjoyment in a variety of water sports and aquatic venues on, in and under the water.

Erika Young, public relations and marketing manager for the St. Charles Park District, said swimming is a lifelong skill that a person can learn at any age. The park district also offers private lessons for all ages, too.  

For more information on swim lessons offered by the St. Charles Park District, visit www.stcparks.org.

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