By: Lakyn McGee | Posted: May 01, 2019 11:29 AM CDT
DES MOINES - According to the Centers for Disease Control, drowning ranks 5th among the leading causes of unintentional deaths here in the U.S. Now, that it's May we are getting closer to swimming season and that means it's time to get yourself and your children ready for the water.
Staff at the Wellmark YMCA say children ages 14 and under should never be left alone near water.
"It's doesn't matter if they're in a pool and you can see them, if you're at a lake and you can only see 6 inches below the surface," explains Brian Lawson, a master swim coach. "If they're 14 and under they should have supervision."
Vicky Foresman, with the YMCA of Greater Des Moines, says, "If you find yourself in water over your head, unexpectedly, you want to bring yourself back up to the top of the water and get on your back so you can float. Keep your nose and mouth out of the water. Don't panic."
Not everyone that finds themselves in a water emergency will wave their arms around.
Both Lawson and Foresman agree that everyone should be aware of their surroundings and look for those struggling.
Other things to keep in mind:
1. Keep a life jacket around at all times
2. Never dive head first
3. Watch for those bobbing their heads up and down in the water
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