Youngsters Take to the Water

by Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

For some of the smallest West Texans, swimming lessons start even before some can walk.

Instructors tell NewsWest 9, the younger the better when getting acquainted with the water.

"He is learning how to kick his arms and legs and blow bubbles and not drink the water, but he is still working on that," Jaime White, Ryder's mother, said.

Ryder White is only 16 months old, but he is already working on his freestyle stroke.

Ryder, along with several other youngsters, is enrolled in parent tot swim classes at the YMCA.

"When children learn how to swim, they swim with their hands by their hand, so we use a lot of toys so they learn how to reach forward," YMCA Aquatics Director, Leaf Faller, said.

Faller says with the summer season, water safety is a must.

According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website, sixty Texas children have already drowned this year.

"We have so much access to wate,r parents have to always watch their children and parents have to know they can not count on flotation devices," she said.