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Keep Family Safe Around Water
by Katie Stache

Summer has arrived!  This usually means that local swimming pools will be crowded with children and adults trying to stay cool. Swimmers will pack up their swim suits, towels and pool toys while they make their way to a crisp swimming pool, a lake or river. But is that all that is needed when swimming? Summer is a time to have fun, but is also a time to be safe. Keep your family safe in and around water with the following tips:

  • Swim only in designated areas monitored by certified lifeguards
  • Never leave a child unattended around water
  • Teach your children to ask permission before entering the water
  • Never swim alone
  • Always look before jumping into any body of water. Cloudy lake or ocean water may make obstacles difficult to see.
  • Wear sunscreen and proper clothing to prevent sunburns
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day to avoid becoming overheated and/or dehydrated
  • Keep a cellphone with you and know all emergency numbers to call
  • Have inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water
  • Follow all posted rules. These rules are provided to help keep patrons safe

Making sure everyone in your family knows how to swim is extremely important. Never is it a substitute for not providing supervision, but it will help keep children safer. Swim lessons are available year-round at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center. Both group swim lessons and private swim lessons are available for children with highly trained and certified instructors. The WRCWC also provides adapted swim lessons for children with physical or developmental disabilities. These lessons are geared towards helping children of all ages and abilities to be safe and learn to swim. One parent in the Adapted Swim Program stated, "I am so happy with the adapted swim lessons and with Miss Mary. She is kind and motivating with children. She takes her time and really understands what my child needs. I am ecstatic the wellness center is offering a program for children with physical or development needs!"

The Wilfred R Cameron Wellness Center also offers teen and adult private swim lessons as well. These lessons focus on the goal of the client. Some of the clients at the wellness center are looking to become more comfortable in the water to enjoy beach vacations and others are triathletes looking to become more efficient swimmers. Whether you are a beginner or a competitive swimmer, the wellness center has a spot for you!

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For more information, please contact Aquatics Supervisor, Katie Stache at 724-250-5242 or cstache@whs.org

Katie Stache is an Aquatics Supervisor at Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center.

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