Prevention essential when watching children at the pool

Prevention essential when watching children at the pool
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

By Jennifer McGruder

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - On a hot summer day in Nacogdoches, as children take a dip at the SFA Rec Center's pool a number of people are watching to ensure everyone remains safe.

The list includes parents, caregivers and lifeguards.

According to SFA Aquatic and Safety Coordinator Katie Yandell, distance is important when having children near a pool.

"You want to make sure that when you get in the water with your child, you want to make sure you're keeping that good distance, an arm's length away at the most," explains Yandell.

Yandell isn't just the Aquatic and Safety Coordinator at the SFA Rec Center -- she's also a mother of three, who knows how to keep anybody safe.

"I have currently certifications in American Red Cross CPS for a professional rescuer," said Yandell.

As for when's too young to introduce your child to the water Yandell says it's never too early.  "Really we encourage people to get their children in the water as soon as they can get in the water, usually parents."

Yandell adds the child who's introduced to water early will learn a respect for the water, how to act around it what to look out for, and how to identify a lifeguard.

"I think it's better off for the kids later on just because we don't want people to be afraid of the water and there's adults that are afraid of the water," said Rachel Nanez, an SFA Recreational Lifeguard.

And while lifeguards are trained professions, there seems to be a few misconceptions about them.

"They think that we're just here to get a tan and hang out by the pool, but really it's kind of nerve racking. When they're on the stand they're constantly surveilling and looking," said Naez. "I can't scan the pool and look at each person in the eye within 10 seconds, I don't think I am doing my job well enough. And it's all about prevention."

For more information on safety precautions visit your local American Red Cross, click here.

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