LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As you know, a drowning can happen in a matter of seconds . That's why it's so vital you and your kids know how to swim before jumping in the water.
Experts say learning how to swim and knowing what to do in a dangerous situation is a matter of life or death. Arman Khan has been taking swimming lessons for 6 years.
"You have to know how to swim, like your friend's always go swim you need to know so you can like play with them and stuff, so you won't be left alone," said Arman.
His mother, Ghazala, enrolled him after a frightening experience at a child's birthday party.
"One of the children over there fell into that pool and started to drown and I realized that nearly everybody around here has a swimming pool or has access to water and it was really important that he be able to have the capacity to swim," said the mother.
Now, it's her son's greatest defense, especially during the summer months. Arman says he loves being in the water.
"I'm pretty confident. I'm not really scared," said Arman.
A powerful tool his mother says he'll carry with him the rest of his life.
"All of the things that they taught him about water safety and he can utilize that. Also he can use this information and actually apply it to be a life guard then not only save his life , but maybe some other people's, " said the mother.
You can sign up for group swim lessons at the Lufkin Boys and Girls Club. They last about two weeks and cost $50. It's a small price to pay that could save your life.