Staying safe while swimming to escape the constant heat

Reporter: Jolena Esperto
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On Memorial Day, many people go to the beach or the pool, which means it’s a great day to remember and reinforce swimming safety.

Symphony Shead has a few tips as a mom who grew up in Florida while her daughter is still in the floaties stage.

“It’s just constant supervision. I’m teaching her how to properly hold her breath and come out the water, showing her how to float, which is really important,” said Sheard.

Paul Rapp is the Lehigh Acres Community Pool supervisor. He said water safety starts with knowing how to jump into action if something goes wrong.

“What we like to do is 30 seconds, so here we take 10 seconds to scan the pool, the entire pool, and it takes 20 seconds for us to get to them. Any time after that, you’re risking some type of permanent damage,” said Rapp.

WINK News also talked to Christel Fluery while watching her friend’s child at the pool and wearing his life jacket.

“It takes a few seconds to drown, and then other people think that when they drown, they make noise, but they don’t actually, under the water,” said Fleury.

Click here if your child needs swimming lessons. In Lee County, a fifth pool will be opened in Tice during the Summer with free swim lessons.

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