Polor Bulldog Swim

A lifeguard watches over as a pair of Texas Lutheran University students dive into the Mabee Pool during the Polar Bulldog Swim on Dec. 2017.

Summer is starting to heat up and the community will begin to seek places to cool down.

There are a variety of options in town from ZDT’s water rides to tubing on the river or the Splash Pad at Park West.

While knowing how to swim isn’t as important at Park West as it is in the Guadalupe River, Seguin Wave Pool or Texas Lutheran University’s Mabee Pool, it is an important skill to have.

Each day, on average, there are a reported 10 drowning deaths.

Among those, the numbers show that one-fifth of those drownings are children under the age of 14.

Over all, drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 14, according to the America Red Cross, which is why there are many options within the community to learn how to swim.

Both TLU and the city of Seguin Parks and Recreation Department offer lessons.

TLU offers group sessions and private lessons all through out the summer.

These opportunities can help save lives. They prepare children and adults of all ages for situations in which they may find themselves going for a dip — intentionally or not.

Officials also caution people to learn the signs of drowning, as it doesn’t necessarily reflect what everyone pictures.

The skills learned can very well make the difference between life and death.

Our Voice is the opinion of the editorial board of the Seguin Gazette.

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