GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Summer break has started and Western Slope kids are headed straight to the pool, making sure your family knows how to swim properly could help keep them out of harm's way.
There's trained lifeguards on duty at community pools, but keeping your kids safe should be a team effort.
City aquatics officials recommend swim lessons for kids to ensure they know to react to accidents that could happen while in the water.
"The children and their safety is the number one priority for us and so that's why we definitely encourage their parents supervision, the lifeguards trained to be super vigilant, and the coast guard approved life jackets to maintain their safety,” says Tina Ross of Grand Junction Parks and Rec.
The American Red Cross has also launched an Anti-Drowning Campaign in their efforts to reduce drowning rates in 50 cities across the United States.
They encourage parents to sign up for Learn-to-Swim programs and water orientation classes that will be available at local aquatic centers.