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Preventing Drownings at the Lake

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Every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning.
Of the ten, two are children 14 or younger.

The water can be a scary place.

But lifeguard Jasmine Meyer says it doesn't have to be.

She teaches swimming lessons at Blue Eagle Lake in Barnesville,Minnesota.

"As lifeguards, it's easier to watch kids if they know how to swim," says Meyer,

Meyer says lessons teach kids the basics.

"It shows them the water is not scary. It teaches them their limits," says Meyer.

And it's not the older kids taking lessons, lifeguards at the lake say they see kids as young as 3.

"It's good for them. It gets them into the water," says Meyer.

Because living in the land of 10,000 lakes, it's likely you'll be near the water with your child.

"When you go to the lakes, you want to trust them and let them know they'll be fine," says Meyer.

Because the water should always be a good time and a quick lesson could guarantee that it is.

For more information on the swimming lessons at the lakes just visit http://www.barnesvillemn.com/~bvillemn/?p=2022

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