Students learn valuable water skills

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Lifeguard Abbi Atkinson encourages Lyndsie VanDerhoef, 5, of Cassville, to relax as she practices learning the skill of floating on her back, one of many skill sets that children are taught during swim lessons through the Cassville YMCA at the Cassville Aquatic Park. To help her relax, Atkinson told her to think of warm cookies fresh out of the oven and cotton candy. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Lifeguard Abbi Atkinson encourages Lyndsie VanDerhoef, 5, of Cassville, to relax as she practices learning the skill of floating on

Lifeguard Ethan Stubblefield guides swim student Casen Bolton, 6, of Wheaton, as he swims from one side of the pool to the other, while other students play in the background. In addition to learning how to swim and become confident in the water, students learn other valuable skills, such as how to prevent drowning if they find themselves in water over their head, getting in and out of the pool safely, kicking, front and back floating and other skills. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
Lifeguards Hailey Benninger, left, and Evan Stubblefield, right, help students Rylee Stansberry, 6, of Wheaton (with Benninger), and Casen Bolton, 6, of Wheaton, learn to float on their backs during swim lessons, a skill that could save their life if caught in water over their heads. Lessons are available for ages as young as six months, to adults, to help residents learn to swim, or just increase their confidence in the water. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com
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