Chicago swim instructors highlight importance of swimming safety ahead of spring break, summer trips

American Academy of Pediatrics warns drowning can happen to any family
CHICAGO (WLS) -- It's a warning all parents need to hear: Drowning can happen to any family, the American Academy of Pediatrics said.

It's the leading cause of death for kids 1-4, and a top cause of death for teens.

Over the past year, many kids have not spent as much time in the water and have skipped swim lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before taking a spring break trip, it's important to remember basic water safety.

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Rebecca McGregor of Goldfish Swim School Chicagoland shared some practical tips for parents.

  1. Play it cool and follow the rules.

  2. Designate a water safety guardian.

  3. Wear a life jacket.

  4. If you can, enroll in swim lessons and practice before your trip.

Goldfish offers classes, as do many park districts, YMCAs and other groups.
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