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Summer Fun in the Water Means Water Safety Reminders

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FELTON, Del. (WBOC) - As summer officially gets under way, people across Delmarva are taking to water both at the beach and the pool. While water is fun, it can also be dangerous - especially for kids.

There were 200 kids all learning to swim at Killens Pond State Park's taking part in the world's largest swim lesson.

"We were attempting to break the Guinness book of world records for the simultaneous biggest swim lesson," said Jim Charney, the park's superintendent.

Kris Jamison of Smyrna was there with his mom, Ayesha.

"I swam in the pool," Kris said. "I swim in there, but I don't know how to."

Charney says it's fun with a serious mission. Knowing how to swim is essential for kids looking to play in the water this summer.

"They were learning basic strokes of what we would teach in a real swim lesson or a full swim lesson. They did some back strokes, they did some leg kicks, and we did show them an example of a drowning victim."

Charney has suggestions for kids and their parents on staying safe.

"Never swim alone," he said. "And be aware of where you are in the water whether it the depth or and of your abilities."

The Red Cross also recommends parents make sure their kids stick to swimming in places with lifeguards, teach them to always ask permission before going in the water and have a life jacket ready when necessary.

Ayesha said the skills her kids are learning here are valuable.

"It encourages for met to put them in swim lessons from now on, just to be safe in the pool," she said.

Click here for more information from the Red Cross on staying safe in the water.

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