Lincoln swim school encourages education during National Water Safety Month
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – One of the leading causes of death among children in America is drowning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So the American Red and others are observing National Water Safety Month this May.
Jessica Bailey, owner and instructor at Lincoln swim school LifeSTROKES, said starting children young can help them enjoy and practice water safety.
“We really need to prioritize teaching them that and understanding that from a very, very young age,” she said.
Bailey also said instruction needs to go beyond summer.
“It needs to be a conversation that is year-round, not just seasonal, because water is so much more than just a pool,” she said.
Bailey said practicing safety isn’t just for younger children, but adults as well, starting with life jackets.
She emphasized the need for children to know how to get themselves to safety while enjoying the water.
Attentiveness when your child is enjoying water activities, Bailey said, challenges them to learn but ultimately keeps them safe.
“You just have to give them confidence, and by that, you’re giving them skills,” she said.