LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local pools will be filling up with swimmers as the weather heats up.

YMCA of Greater Louisville encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming. In the Y's swim programs, participants can enjoy water play, get better at swimming and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.

As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the YMCA of Greater Louisville encourages parents to take an active role in their child's safety.

These are safety tips to practice in and around the water:

-Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
-Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
-Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
-Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm's reach.
-No one should engage in underwater breath holding activities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Of those, two are children aged 14 or younger. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

Click here to get connected with YMCA of Greater Louisville swim lessons or lifeguard training.

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