BECKLEY - This season's warmer weather means community pools will be a popular hangout, so swimming instructors want kids and their families to be prepared.
Employees with the YMCA told Newswatch drowning can happen within seconds, so it's important to remember critical water safety tips.
Aquatics Director Daniel Phoebus said to only swim with a lifeguard on duty, make sure to stick with a buddy, stay near your child and always wear a Coast Guard-approved life vest if you're a inexperienced around the water.
The YMCA wants residents to feel comfortable around West Virginia's lakes, rivers and pools.
“It's never too early to learn water safety or how to swim, and then on the other end, it's never too late to learn how to swim,” Daniel Phoebus said. “Adults get in here and get discouraged that they never learned how to swim, so we're going to offer that for them to come in and also learn.”
Swimming lessons for kids will begin June 9. The last day for members to register is May 23. Non-members must register by June 2.