Water safety skills to the test

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – This is the time of year when people start to hit the water, either boating or swimming, but a new study finds many who say they can swim, don’t have the skills to save their own lives in an emergency.

Local lifeguards say there are no two ways about learning the rules. Swimming lessons will save your life. So if you learned to swim by watching someone or by just jumping in, you might want to consider getting expert attention and advice.

Swimming pool safety.  (WDTN Photo)
Swimming pool safety. (WDTN Photo)

City of Dayton lifeguard Rachel Hardenbrook says there are five skills every swimmer should be able to nail to save their lives. Know how to tread or float in a full circle and find your way out of the water. Second, know how to leave a pool without using a ladder. Swim 25 yards without stopping. Be able to tread or float without a flotation device and finally, get in water over your head and return to the surface.

Hardenbrook says swimming lessons are a must. In fact, she is inviting everyone to participate in the world’s largest swimming lesson, June 20th at Lohrey, Northwest and Greater Dayton Rec Centers.

To register: Lohrey – 333-3061, Greater Dayton Rec Center – 333-4732 and Northwest – 333-3322.

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