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Swimming lessons keep kids active and safe

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PADUCAH - Summer and swimming go hand in hand.  It is a great way to keep your kids active, but they need to know the fundamentals before jumping in.

We are continuing our month-long commitment to getting your kids active, while learning valuable safety lessons.

These kids are kicking, splashing and learning to put their heads underwater.

"It's never too early or too late to get someone in the water, early intervention is a lot better because the kids get more comfortable in the water... Swimming is an activity that all children love, they are naturally acclimated to the water," said Swimming instructor Debbie Wagner.

Wagner teaches swimming lessons to all ages.

"I teach how he/she can help themselves, one of the early elements is learning how to float on their back and blowing and breathing which is part of the arrhythmic breathing," said Wagner.

Not forgetting to have fun, but always keeping safety in mind.

"When children learn how to swim and have more control, they can have more enjoyment out of it.  Educate your children, let them realize their boundary lines for swimming, never to go in or near the water without parental permission," said Wagner.

A watchful eye and good swimming lessons can help keep kids splashing, safely.

"Never take your eyes off anybody, no one is drown proof," said Wagner.

Wagner said parents should not be more than one foot away from a child near water.

Remember - it only takes an inch of water for someone to drown.  The other benefit of learning to swim: physically active kids are more likely to be academically motivated, alert and successful.

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