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IVGID Tip: Make a splash about water safety

Incline children beam at a past summer youth swim lesson.

The days are getting warmer and school is almost out, meaning more time for fun at the lake and pool. It's critical to make water safety a priority in your family and educate your children on the dangers of drowning.

Here are few things to remember to help you have fun and be safe around the water this summer.

Take a class. Everyone in your family should have at least basic water safety and swim training. The Incline Recreation Center offers lessons for all ages including a Parent/Tot lesson geared towards teaching kids 6 months to four years old.

Follow rules and signs. Make sure your kids know any established rules like "no diving" or "no running." Point out and explain any symbols or signage so they can learn to recognize them at various pools and beaches. Establish additional rules for your family if needed.

Use the buddy system. Always swim with a buddy, even when there are adults or lifeguards nearby. Teach kids to stay with their buddy, look out for them, and call a parent or lifeguard for help when needed.

Pay close attention. Disasters can occur within moments so it's crucial to supervise children and non-swimmers closely. A good rule of thumb is to be within arm's reach. Know the signs of drowning, it's not like it is portrayed on TV. Drowning is usually silent with no warning. The victim will rarely have the ability to scream or splash. If you are swimming outdoors, also pay attention to the weather and water temperature as weather in Lake Tahoe can change rapidly.

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IVGID Parks & Recreation Aquatics has swimming lessons and programs for every age to better prepare for water safety. Mark your calendars, Summer Swim Lesson registration begins June 16.

"Tip of the week" is a weekly feature running in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, in partnership with the Incline Village General Improvement District, providing locals with various tips pertaining to the recreation opportunities and services the district provides. This tip was provided by Incline Village Parks & Recreation. Call 775-832-1310, or visit InclineRecreation.com for more information about Aquatic Programs.