Toddlers most likely to drown, Aqua Tots offers water safety classes


POSTED: Monday, March 18, 2013 - 5:56pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:01am

Jonathan Garza is in the process of teaching his daughter Elena about the water.

"It's just her confidence of not being scared to jump in and swim around," said Garza.

Today the pair are taking a class with other toddlers at Aqua Tots in McAllen.

The swim instructor's here said starting children in water early helps their confidence.

"We start our classes with six months old so that when they are young, they learn that the water is not an evil monster, so that they don't have any traumatic events," said Laura De Leon, Aqua Tots Swim Instructor.

Instructors said they try to teach all kids to respect the water. And this respect begins with being comfortable with basic water skills.

"She learned to put her face in the water, how to climb out, she also did the leg kicking, laying on her back and floating," said Garza.

With the weather getting warmer and pools opening up, parents like Garza want to educate their children about water safety.

Drowning ranks fifth in the U.S. for unintentional injury deaths, according to the CDC. Ten people die of drowning everyday and two of those ten are under the age of 14.

One of the best ways to prevent a drowning are by keeping watchful eyes.

"There should always be a parent watching the child, or an adult," said De Leon.

As for Elena, her dad said he is excited to see her skills develop this summer.

"My mom has a pool, but the beach is in the future, that is for sure," said Garza.

What age group is most at risk this summer? Statistics with the CDC show children between the ages of one to four have the highest drowning rates.

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