The second-most common accidental death for kids under the age of 10 is drowning. That's why Mansfield ISD makes sure every third grader in the district takes a water safety class.
Since 2006, the date the MISD Natatorium opened, water safety classes have been offered to teach children what to do when they are around water.
The safety class lasts for about three hours. The first section consists of an instructor teaching the children the main rules of staying safe around water:
- Think. Don't sink.
- Look before you leap
- Reach or throw. Don't Go.
Jerry Smith, diving coach and lead instructor, said he helped start the program to get a very important message across to children.
"Never get in the water with a drowning person," said Smith. "If we taught them that, then we just saved somebody's life."
|Jerry Smith teaching water safety tips.|
Smith hopes that after each class, the students tell their parents and friends what they've learned so that the lessons of water safety spreads. Find out more information about the MISD Natatorium.