Posted: Apr 10, 2013 8:16 AM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Apr 10, 2013 8:39 AM
Summer vacation is on the way for thousands of kids in Acadiana, for many, that means heading straight for the pool but along with the summer fun, there are dangers to be mindful of. That's why the City of Lafayette Aquatics will host its first annual Water Safety Awareness Day this Sunday. Their goal, making people aware water-related accidents are the second leading cause of death for children 1 to 14. One Lafayette resident says isn't taking any chances and placed all three of her nephews in swimming lessons at 18months.
"I just know the importance of water safety, as a toddler, you think you're watching them and you always say I just looked away for a second and they fell in the water. So its really important they learn what to do until you can jump in afterward," said Concerned Aunt Susan Boudin.
During the spring, city of Lafayette Aquatics staff actually go to schools throughout Acadiana teaching students what they should do if accidents happen in the water. Their goal, raise awareness in hopes more children will sign up for swim lessons.
Here are some tips you can use to keep your kids safe around the water this summer.
1. Make sure your child knows how to swim or is learning
2. Fit children with floatation devices or life jackets.
3. Most importantly, watch your children at all times.
"It's really important as we go into the summer that parents start to think about swimming lessons. Statistics show that if you don't learn by 3rd grade you likely never will cause the fear is going to be so big. So our goal is to just for the kids to be comfortable and safe in the water and have fun," COLA Swim Lessons Director Sarah Landreneau.
If you would like to attend, COLA is hosting the water safety awareness event this Sunday at the Robicheaux Center from 1-3p.m. It's free to the public and there will be plenty of activities for kids.
For those interested COLA offers swim lessons to men and women of all ages. If you would like to sign up for lessons or swim team you can call 337-989-1800 or go to colaswim.org or sign up here at the Robicheaux Rec Center.