RICHLAND, Wash. - Community pools in our region want to make sure young children can prevent themselves from drowning.
The Washington State Department of Health says most swimming pool drownings are children ages 1 to 4. So with summer approaching, pools throughout the Tri-cities and Yakima are offering swimming lessons for parents and their kids, ages 6 months to 3 years.
Parks and Rec Coordinators say when it comes to kids learning pool safety, it's the sooner, the better.
"They'll know how to put their face in water, they'll know how to get their face out and breathe," said Doug Hagedorn, the Richland Parks and Rec Coordinator, "They'll know how to kick and move in the water. Panic is always the worst thing you can do, and this way they're comfortable and know how to get to safety."
To learn more about classes for swimmers of all ages in your city, you can contact your local parks and recreation department.