Swimming lessons could help save lives

Florence, SC - By Kyle Grainger - bio | email

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Swim experts say taking lessons on swimming and water safety can help if you get into trouble on the water.

Frank Pezzinenti has been a swim instructor for the YMCA in Florence for three years and says kids should get lessons at an early age so they can get used to the water.  He says the more time they spend in the water, the more relaxed they will be.

"It's best to have them in swim lessons, or teach them yourself," Pezzinenti said about keeping your kids safe. "Let them know what to do around the water. I think a lot of things happen because they really don't know what's going on."

Pezzinenti says panicking is the biggest problem people run into when they get into trouble on the water.  Which is why he says people who are comfortable in the water, will stay calm in a bad situation.

"Really even to float, because that's where it starts if you can float things start to fall into place after that," Pezzinenti said.  "But you can't do that if you're not calm."

Debra McKinstry has enrolled her 6-year-old daughter in swim safety classed at the YMCA. She says her older kids took lessons when they were younger and now that she has a pool at home, she wants to make sure her daughter is safe.

"It would give me some time to get there, she would know a little bit how to swim," McKinstry said.  "At least she would have had some swim lessons, as opposed to just putting pool out there and she doesn't know anything."

Swim experts say you should never swim alone and remind you to remain calm if you do get into a bad situation while in the water.

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