The B-93 Birthday Bash will go on without Granger Smith after River Kelly Smith, his 3-year-old son, drowned in their family pool in Texas.
Drownings are the leading cause of unintentional deaths of children ages one to four, according to Stanford Children's Health. Renee Whalen, the aquatics director from the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo area, said no matter what pool you are going to safety should always be the number one priority.
“Drowning can take place in in as little as 20 to 60 seconds no matter what the age group,” said Whalen.
She said a casual swim can turn deadly quick if you are not careful.
“Regardless of how well versed your child at swimming it's important to always be watching them. Sometimes a great swimmer can get caught up in trying to fix their goggles and start bobbing up and down underwater. You might think that they are having fun, but they are actually struggling trying to get a breath,” said Whalen
Whalen said supervision is key around any child and water. The YMCA teach techniques on how you can prevent a possible drowning.
Nicole Locey, part owner of Locey Swim and Spa Company, said there are some key items that every pool must have before taking a dip.
“Above ground pools, if you have an A-frame ladder you would want it to swing up so you can padlock that so no one can get in the pool when you're gone. In ground pools, you would want a safety rope that separate the shallow to deep and it’s good to have a door alarm or a gate alarm so in case someone walks out toward the pool area especially a small child," Locey said.
Whalen said lifeguards are trained to scan every 10 seconds, but if everyone watches out for everyone, more lives could be saved.
“The more eyes the better. The more people that you have actively watching the better the chances are for everybody, “said Whalen.
The YMCA has list of times for swim lesson at their website.