Carlinville City Pool conducting swim lessons through July
Splish, splash. Each summer children without proper swimming instruction find themselves in despair. In Carlinville they are trying to prevent any of that from happening.
Nearly 200 kids in two sessions are taking advantage of the summer heat by attending swimming lessons at the Carlinville City Pool.
The first session was from June 29 through July 9, with the second session to take place July 13 through July 23, from 9 a.m. to noon.
At a recent lesson, groups gathered in different parts of the pool depending on their swimming level. Older ones taking lessons swam the perimeter area of the deep end. Yet others were doing wall exercises. The younger ones were dealing with floating on their backs, then rolling over.
Some kids jumped in right away to while others eased their way into the pool, depending on various factors.
Melissa Downs, coordinator of the swimming lessons, said the youngest of those taking lessons is two years old. Numerous water safety instructors for each group was helping teach the youngsters the proper procedures.
“We want them to learn about water and boating safety,” said instructor Joyce Emmons. “We each them to save themselves and be safe in and around water. Keep yourself safe in and around water. It’s just not play time. The best swimmers can even drown.”
According to the National Safety Council, 5000 kids under the age of 14 are hospitalized each year for near drowning events. Around 7,000 die each year, and its the leading cause of death for kids ages five and under, with 250 dying each year.
Around 80 percent of the drownings occur in residental pools and spas.