Water Safety Day teaches lifesaving basics to kids


Temperatures are heating up, and advocates are encouraging parents to learn more about keeping kids safe in and around water.

Sunday afternoon, the American Kids Sports Center held a Water Safety Day.

AKSC is a member of the Stop Drowning Now Foundation. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths in children between the ages of 1 and 4 years. It is also the second-leading cause of deaths in children ages 5-14 years.

Nearly, 400 pool and spa drownings happen each year.

It is their mission to make Bakersfield a “no-drown town” by providing parents and children access to safety resources and education about water safety.

Kids learned what to do and what not to do in case of an emergency. They were also taught how to swim and kick in the pool, and how to float on their back.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Never swim alone.
  • Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
  • Inexperienced or nonswimmers should wear a life jacket.
  • Swimmers should not engage in breath-holding activities.

The American Kids Sports Center also offers swimming lessons.

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