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Mid-Michigan Parents Giving Gift of Swimming

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OKEMOS, MICH. (WLNS) -

With the holiday season in full swing, that means figuring out what to buy your children for Christmas. Some parents are buying their kid a gift that will last all the way into adulthood. The gift of swimming.

"Its very comforting, knowing that you've equipped your child with the skills to make safe choices around the water," said Lisa Armstrong, mother of two-year-old Caulton.

Armstrong has been taking her son to Goldfish Swim School for about one year and considers that class for him extremely beneficial.

"Its really one of the few gifts that will potentially save their life in the long run," said Bob Pratt employee at Goldfish Swim School.

"He's in the water a lot and we want him to have the skills for swimming and for safety around the pool," said Armstrong.

Employees say giving your child the gift of swimming is like giving your child the gift of safety. It gives parents peace of mind and lasts a lifetime.

"Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in children under 14 and swimming is a really good way to help prevent those," said Bob Pratt, employee at Goldfish Swim School.

"Learning how to swim at a young age is vital to the safety and I would say the general well being of children," said Rebecca Burlingame, general manager at Goldfish Swim School in Okemos.

Although Armstrong didn't buy the gift of swimming necessarily for Christmas, she sees it as a gift that will continue to give year after year.

"But we still do consider it a gift of people able to learn these skills and learn swimming and enjoy his time in the pool," said Armstrong.

You can sign your child up for swim classes at the Goldfish Swim School, Michigan Athletic Club or YMCA.

Contact your local government offices for community education programs.

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