GLADSTONE, Mo. – After a deadly holiday weekend on Missouri’s waterways, FOX 4 talked to a swimming instructor about basics that can help keep you safe in the water.
Ashley Taylor touts swimming as a great life skill and we met up with her on Sunday morning to go through ‘Swimming 101.’
“How you move through the water is how you literally are pulling the water,” she explained.
She said staying calm in the water is a key to safety.
"If you stir up the water, you`re moving your arms all around, then that water`s going to stir up as well, so just stay calm and the water will stay calm as well," she said.
Along with some poolside pointers, Taylor taught us that you have to respect the water and know what you`re swimming in.
"With the ocean or the lakes, there are undercurrents and things like that, so you always want to make sure you have a life jacket with you, or on," she said.
She also wants parents to remember there is no good time to leave kids alone.
"Whether that`s in a bath tub or open water. A lot of people think of swimming and they think of large bodies of water, but even the bath tub can be very dangerous. That supervision has to take place all the time in any part of water," she said.
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