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Learning to Swim at an Early Age


Dothan, AL - Preschoolers were splashing around Westgate Pool last week, but it wasn’t just for fun.

“Simply put, swimming lessons save lives. They teach kids the skills they need to be safe in and around water,” said Dothan Leisure Services Aquatics Manager Kelly Carter.

Kids as young as six months old can take these lessons in Dothan. At that age it’s more about being comfortable in the water and having fun.

“Once they get to about three or four they can definitely start learning fundamental skills that can actually save their lives,” said Carter.

Parents watch as skills like floating, gliding and flutter are taught.

“I think every parent and grandparent has that fear that their kid is going to jump into the water and drown or go under and get a fear of water,” said Lyle Peluso.

That’s why he has put his three grandkids through the class.

He said, “I'm just a very big believer that everyone needs to learn how to swim. It's never too early to start and never too late to start.”

Although, his grandson Parker isn’t that interested in the water yet, Peluso has faith in the teachers.

He said, “One of the things I like is the instructors are very good with the children. They are very patient. They're just so good at coaching them. That's a relief as a parent”

Swimming lessons are offered year-round at Westgate’s pool.


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