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Pediatricians announce new guidelines for keeping kids safe around the pool

Posted at 11:29 PM, Mar 20, 2019

AMHERST, NY (WKBW) — Drowning is the second leading cause of death for kids from ages 1 to 4, only behind birth defects.

“We can kind of change that statistic and make sure there is less loss of life due to drowning,” said Courtney Richardson, the General Manager of Goldfish Swim School in Amherst.

She says that because the American Academy of Pediatricians recently released new guidelines on how parents can keep their kids safe around the water. One of them is taking kids to swim lessons as early as one. Swim lessons at Goldfish start for children as young as four months old.

The classes at the facility are designed to look like fun and also make sure young children know what to do in a worst case scenario.

“It typically occurs when there is unexpected access to water. So the important thing is learning what to do and how to float on their back and how to climb out of the water,” said Richardson.

For more on these new guidelines you can click: here.