Water safety tips for swimmers of all ages

Matt Laprino, District Aquatic Director for the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, spoke with News 8 about swimming safety (WTNH)

MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — With the unofficial start to summer we’re all thinking about playing at the beach or laying by the pool, but fun can quickly turn into danger.

News 8 spoke with Matt Laprino, District Aquatic Director for the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, who told us the two most important things to remember when you or your children are swimming.

“Be vigilant. Always know where the children are at all times, and number two, being within arm’s reach of a child in any body of water. The big thing with adults is making sure you know your limitations. Make sure you’re safe in the area where you are, and be sure to be swimming with someone else, just as you would ask a child to do. Swim with a friend, be with somebody.”

When asked what advice LaPrino had for people with no swimming experience at all, he said, “Here at the YMCA, we strive to make sure that every child, every adult, has a place to learn to swim. We start lessons from six-month-olds, all the way to people in their nineties to learn how to swim.”

Here are some additional tips from the YMCA:

  •   Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
  •    Adults should constantly and actively watch their children. Be vigilant. 
  •    Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. 
  •    Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
  •    Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.

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