Tips on how to prevent drowning and staying safe in the water this summer

SHERMAN, TX -- With at least three drownings over the past weekend across Texoma, safety officials want to spread the word about water safety.

Over the weekend there were drownings in both Texas and Oklahoma.

Law enforcement says two adult men drowned in North Texas lakes and a six-year-old girl drowned in a lake in Garvin County.

News 12 spoke with lifeguards and an aquatics specialist about how to recognize signs of trouble in any body of water.\

Thousands of swimmers of all ages dive into the water here at Fairview Park Pool every summer.

"One of the most important things a parent can do is to make sure they're supervising their children all the time when they're in, on, or around the water," said Aquatics and Recreation Specialist, Keith Bibb. "Another thing you can do is make sure they're always swimming with a buddy."

Bibb is the aquatics and recreation specialist at the Fairview Park Pool and teaches all his swim instructors and lifeguards the signs of someone who may be in danger.

"The body is vertical in the water, secondly they have no forward locomotion," Bibb said. "Thirdly no supportive leg kick and lastly, their head is tilted back to try to keep they're nose and mouth above the surface of the water."

Whether in the pool or at the lake, lifeguards also say dog paddling may be a sign of distress.

"Dog paddling is a very tiring stroke," said lifeguard, Nicole Seglich. "So if you see a lot of doggy paddling, the kid needs to get out and rest a little bit."

"A lot of times we'll see dunking and playing along with your friends but you'll realize that they're actually gasping for air," said lifeguard, Vanessa Orellana.

They recommend you make sure small children are secured in a life jacket, whether they are in the pool or the lake, and be aware of your child's swimming ability. Nancy Anderson is a grandmother of three, and has a safety tip of her own.

"It would be hard to keep an eye on three kids at their ages so I've thought about it a lot, take someone with you to help you," Anderson said.

Another thing to remember if you take your kids out on a boat, law requires children under the age of 13 to wear a life jacket at all times while the boat is in motion.

The Army Corps of Engineers say in nine out of 10 drownings, the victim is not wearing a life vest.


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