POSTED: Monday, June 3, 2013 - 9:35pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:48pm
Tyler, TX — While swimming might seem like harmless fun, for thousands of children each year it turn into a tragic accident. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental deaths in children ages one through fourteen.
While swimming lessons are offered to infants and even the elderly, some still choose to skip the class, and head to the shallow end of the pool. But instructors warn swimmers, just because the water isn't deep, doesn't mean it couldn't quickly turn deadly for your child.
Jordan Lenox, YMCA program director especially warns parents to be careful with games that involve holding your breath underwater in the shallow end of the pool. Lenox says, "It can cause death within two to three minutes after they begin drowning, the drowning process..That's something that happens when water enters the airway and you know people their airway gets constricted."
Swimming classes are availabe for even infants. YMCA swimming instructor Lesley Lerma says parents need to make sure their children are completely ready before hitting the pool. Lerma adds a way to tell if your child can properly swim is simple. Saying, "When they're able to put their face in the water and float. If they're not comfortable putting their face in the water or anything then it's not going to be the right timing."