#childsafety | Salem Swim & Gymnastics shares water safety tips


Salem Swim & Gymnastics shares tips for parents, guardians to keep kids safe in the water



TOT. I AUDREY: WHETHER YOU’RE HEADED TO THE WATER PARK, THE BEACH, THE POOL, OR ANY OTHER BODY OF WATER THIS SUMMER, IT’S IMPORTANT TO STAY VIGILANT TO KEEP KIDS SAFE. THE NORTH CAROLINA CHILD FATALITY TASK FORCE REPORTS 21 CHILDREN IN OUR STATE DIED FROM DROWNING IN 20.20 THE GOODEW NS — DROWNING IS PREVTABLE.EN WE’RE JOINED NOW BY BETH MORPHIS. SHE IS THE PRESIDENT OF SALEM GYMNASTICS AND SWIM. GOOD MORNING. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. THBE THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. AUDREY FIRST, BASIC SKILLS PARENTS AND GUARDIANS SHOULD KNOW. BETH: EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW HOW TO FLOAT, HOW TO MOVE THE WATER. THE OTHER THING IS EVERYONE WHO IS AN ADULT OREE TNAGER SHOULD KNOW CPR. BOTH SKILLS ARE LIFE-SAVING AND CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. AUDREY WHAT ARE THOSE BASIC SKILLS? :BE IN THE WATER, KNOW HOW TO VOTE, HOW TO GET ON YOUR BACK SO YOU CAN CATCH YOUR BREATH. TH IAT TRICKY, BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME FACILITIES THAT KEEP YOUR CHILDREN UPRIGHT IN THE WATER BUT ARE UNSAFE, BECAUSE IT TEACHES THEM TO KICK STRAIGHT DOWN WITH THEIR CHEST STRAIGHT ,UP BUT WHEN THOSE PHOBIAS ARE OFF, THAT IS THE WRONG POSITION. YOU NEEDO T BE HORIZONTAL. CHILDREN NEED TO LEARN TO FLIP TOHE TIR BACK TO CATCH A BREATH. AUDREY: SO IMPORTANT. I LOVE YOUR VISUAL BACKGROD. LET US DISCUSS THE BEACH AND THE LAKE. THERE ARE OTHER BODIES OF WATER THAT FAMILY LIKE TO ENJOY, NOT JUST THE PR.OO BETH: IT IS IMPORTANT. ONLY YOU ARE AROUND THE LAKE OR ANY BODY OF WATER, YOU WANT TO HAVE A LIFE RESERVE OR. — PRESERVER. KIDS SLIP UNDER THE WATER AND IT IS BROWN AND MURKY. IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT TO FINDM THE EVERYONE SHOULD BE IN A LIFE VEST. THE OTHER THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THE VIGILANCE OF ADULTS. DROWNING IS QUICK AND SILE.NT KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE WATER. HAVE ONE ADULT WHO IS DESIGNATED AS THE WATER WATCHER IS THE OLD ADAGE, WHEN EVERYONE IS WATCHING, NONE O IS WATCHING A LOT OF DROWNINGS OCCUR WHEN THERE IS LOTS OF ADULTS IN EVERYONE THOUGHT THAT EVERYONE ELSE WAS WATCHING. AT SALEM, WE TEACH TO HAVE SOMETHING TANGIBLE IN YOUR HAND LIKE A WATER WATCHER TAKE. IF YOU ARE WEARING THE TAG, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WATER. ADULTS CAN TAKE TURNS, MAYBE 10 MINUTES. SO EVERYONE CAN STILL ENJOY THEMSELVES, BUT KNOW THAT THAT WATER IS ALWAYS BEING WATCHED. AUDR:EY GREAT TIPS. WHAT ABOUT KEEPING KIDS AWAY OM THEFR POOL WHO DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SWIM? SHOULD THAT DESIGNATED WATER WATCHER ALWAYS HAVE A HEADCOUNT OF THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO SWIM? THEY NEED TO STAY AWAY FROM THE EDGE? BETH: IF THE WATER WATCHER HAS THEIR EYES ON THE WATER INSTEAD OF THE KIDS ON THE SHORE, THEY CAN SEE SOMEBODY COMING IN, BUT THEIR EYES CAN DISTRACT DIFFERENT PLACES. THEY MIGHT NOT NOTICE THAT MOUTH TRYING TO CATCH ERROR, WHICH IS WHERE DROWNINGS USUALLY HAPPEN. AUDREY: WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU LIKE FAMILIES TO KNOW ABOUT NOT JUST SALEM GYMNASTICSND A SWIM,UT ANY TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND BEFORE WE GET INTO THE SUMMER SEASON? BE: I WOULD RECOMMEND EVERY FAMILY, PLAYING YOU GO ON VACATION, TAKE A A FEW MINUTES TO THE FOUR WATER HAZARD. WHERE IS IT THE POOL? ARE THE GATES LOCKED AND LATCHED? IS THERE A STREAM NEARBY? MAKE SURE THERE IS NOT A BUCKET OF WATER THAIST FILLED. CHILDREN CAN DROWN ITHEN STRAESNGT OF PLACES. ANYTIME THERE IS TWO INCHES OF WATER, AND IN THIS OR LIFE. BE DILIGENT, WHETHER IT IS AAT FRIENDS HOUSE OR A HOTEL, THINK ABOUT WATER SAFETY. AUDREY: IT HAS BEEN GREAT SPEAKING WITH YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. EVYOERNE AT HOME, YOU CAN FD

Salem Swim & Gymnastics shares tips for parents, guardians to keep kids safe in the water




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