Crestview YMCA: Swimming requires taking precautions


Katie Wilson plays in the Foxwood Country Club pool with her daughter, Amiira Walker, 5.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 04:36 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Amiira Walker, 5, laughed as she eagerly splashed after a plastic bracelet her mom, Katie Wilson, tossed in Foxwood Country Club’s pool one recent afternoon.

“She loves the water,” Wilson said. “We’ve been here three hours, and she’s not ready to get out. She’s been going to the pool since she was a baby.”

Starting children swimming in their infancy is ideal, Crestview YMCA aquatics director Sarah Traver said.

“Getting your child in swimming lessons early on is the key,” she said. “We start ours at 6 months and get them used to the water.”

Swimming lessons are essential, especially in north Okaloosa County, where ponds, streams, rivers and lakes are prevalent, Traver said.

“The No. 1 thing for safety is to enroll in a swimming class,” she said.


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