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Staying Safe at the Water This Summer
Whether at Stamford's pools or beaches
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Stamford, CT | Added on July 11, 2014 At 01:02 PM

The summer's all about enjoying the sun, the sand and the water.  So knowing how to swim is even more important.

"We teach swim lessons from infants to adults," said Katherine Lorenzana, the Stamford YMCA's aquatics director. 

She says this is their pool's busiest time of year.

"We definitely want kids to understand the importance of swimming.  But not only the techniques and actually the swimming ability, but also the importance of safety around pools," said Lorenzana.  

In a coastal community like Stamford, Lorenzana says, "We do live in an area where we do have beaches, we have pools, and we want kids to be safe throughout the summer."

Throughout the city, about 35 to 40 lifeguards are on alert.

"The first thing that would happen if a lifeguard saw somebody that needed assistance is they would activate their emergency action plan," said Dione Clinkenbeard, the city's waterfront director who leads the lifeguards.  

The city's waterfront director says they've already made about 5 to 10 rescues this summer; many of them close calls.

"We have close calls all the time and we're always documenting them and writing down what's happening.  Our goal is to not let it get to the point where we need to do CPR," said Clinkenbeard.  "We want to stop and solve a problem before it turns into an emergency."

Clinkenbeard says one way to stay safe is knowing your limits.

"Swim smart.  Swim near a lifeguard, stay in the swim area, don't go in places where it's not protected by people who are there specially trained to help you," said Clinkenbeard.  

"Everybody is a certified lifeguard as well," said Lorenzana.  "Providing that extra mile just to make sure that everybody is safe."

To learn more about swimming lessons at the Y, visit this link:

http://www.stamfordymca.org/html/aquatics.html

 


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