YMCA of the Northwoods emphasizes water safetySubmitted: 05/13/2019
Dan Hagen
Dan Hagen

YMCA of the Northwoods emphasizes water safety
RHINELANDER - The YMCA of the Northwoods offers swimming classes for kids as young as 6 months. It's up to parents to get their kids comfortable in the water, but all swimmers need supervision.

A few summers ago, lifeguard Abby Monk noticed a toddler drowning at Hodag Park in Rhinelander.

"I ran down and grabbed her and by the time I had even got her up out of the water and I was holding her, her mom didn't even realize that something was going on," said Monk.

Monk wants parents to know it's more than just being nearby.

"It's not just a parent present, but a parent actually actively watching the children," said Monk.

She said parents should always be sure to know who is watching the children.

Tricia Pecor with the Quality Inn in Rhinelander has strict rules for the pool. Without a lifeguard, hotel staff monitor the pool with cameras. But she still depends on parents.

"Children under the age of 13 cannot be here without a parent," said Pecor. "We also ask that parents with kids even under the age of 18 be here. Birthday parties we have a lot of children so we ask that multiple adults be here."

Monk added the sooner kids learn to swim, the better. Toddler Lucas Rossing is getting an early start. His mom, Megan, wants Lucas to enjoy water, but also respect it.

"I feel it's important that kids are comfortable in the water and have a healthy fear of it," said Rossing.

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