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Children Learn Water Safety

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With the recent drowning of a man in the Missouri River, water safety is being stressed.

Stephanie Scheurer shows us a group of kids who learn the rules of swimming in pools.

As the summer gets hotter, so does recreation in the water.

The Missouri river is known for providing fun in the sun for families.

But with that comes safety concerns.

Experts emphasize that without proper safety precautions, one can easily be at risk of drowning.

"Always swim with a buddy. Be aware of the water temperatures, be aware of the currents. Always try to find a designated swimming area, preferably with a lifeguard on duty," says Troy Fleck, Captain of Bismarck Dive and Rescue Team.

Standup: "It's not only river safety that's important, lifeguards are using their skills to teach young children the importance of pool safety."

"We talk about safety, including in the river so that they can understand that they need to wear PFDs when they boat, make sure that they swim with the current, reach, row don't go. All of those different just very important things and to learn how to swim," says Ann Kempf, Water Safety Instructor/Trainer.

In addition, lifeguards are taught about surveillance and practice various scenarios in their life guarding classes.

From rivers, to lakes, to pools, it's important to learn how to deal with various water situations at a young age.

"Everyone should know how to swim and not be afraid of the water. It's an important aspect of anyone's life so they can teach their own kids and they can enjoy it themselves," says Alicia Nehl, Manager of Elks Aquatic Facility.

Teaching kids water safety at a young age is important because children are the most at risk...

In Bismarck, Stephanie Scheurer, KX news.

The CDC says drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years making it critical to teach children basic safety rules around the pool.

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