WOODRUFF - When you get a smoldering hot day like today, going to the lake sounds pretty great.
But if you don't know how to swim, that could be a problem.
"Practice and try hard when you're in the water." said Harland resident, Gab Burch.
That's advice from a nine year old who just learned how to swim.
"My grandma was trying to teach me how to swim today, a little bit," Burch said.
"Then she gave me a float sort of thing to help me swim and I was a little scared."
Statistics are scary too.
Drownings are the second leading cause of accidental death for children between one and 14 years old.
That's why YMCA swim instructor Karen Fiocchi wants parents to watch their children.
"A lot of our lakes do not have life guards. They're public beaches, but there's no lifeguards. So that means swim at your own risk," said Fiocchi.
"So it means even if you're a good swimmer, swim with a buddy. If you're a kid, make sure your parents are there. Parents make sure you're there and you know where your kids are all the time at the beach."
Kids are at the highest risk of drowning when they're between ages one and four.
That's why this mom wants her daughter close to the shore.
"I don't like them going past the buoys because they're there for a reason. So definitely stay in there," Milwaukee resident, Amber Vandenorth said.
"My daughter, I just kind of like her on the shore more because obviously it's really shallow and she's little, but with him, out to the bouy's."
This twelve year old is glad to have supervision around.
"Just make sure you always have an adult or an older person with you that is responsible enough to watch you when you're swimming," said West Bend resident, Braden Hay.
"And always keep close to another person just in case because you never know what's going to happen."
Good advice from a very intelligent twelve year old.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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