Summer Swimming Safety

Pool safety experts are emphasizing safety on Thursday, after a four-year-old nearly drowned at a hotel pool in Wichita Falls.  At this time, the boy is recovering at the United Regional Hospital and is under observation.

With the summer season in full swing, many kids want to stay cool, but they also need to know how to stay safe.

“We are just really making sure that our kids are learning water safety and swimming lessons and also being more comfortable around a pool, so that if they're ever around water, then they are comfortable in that environment," said Blaire Robinson, Harrell Park's Pool Director.

Robinson said her main goal is to make sure that kids understand what they can do to keep themselves safe.

“Such as not going to the pool by themselves, always making sure they're with a buddy.  Even if they're around water, in a pond or a lake and recently with the flood, flood waters, staying away from water unless they're with an adult or someone who is supervising them," said Robinson.

Robinson also has swimming safety tips for parents.

"Always make sure that there is a lifeguard on duty.  As a parent,  you need to be involved and make sure that you're not sitting on the side, on your phone or not paying attention because obviously you want to make sure that a kid is getting the best care that they can," said Robinson.

Donald Hughes, the Assistant Fire Chief with the Wichita Falls Fire Department has some tips as well.

“For the parents, if you own a pool, I'd make sure you have fences around it.  It's always good to be out there and watch them.

Another tip from Robinson, is the "reach and throw, don't go" method.

“Making sure that our kids know that if there is somebody that's struggling in the pool to not get in and go after them.  We really teach our kids to use a towel or something that could float that you could throw to someone to reel them into the side of the pool instead of going in and getting next to someone who might be scared or hurting or in any pain," said Robinson.

Keep in mind that it only takes a few seconds for someone to drown.

, Newschannel 6