As pools open back up, instructors urge swim lessons for all

Drowning kills more children ages 1-4, than anything else, aside from birth defects, according to the CDC. Most of those drownings happen at a home swimming pool.

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ANDREA BLANFORD: After more than a year into this pandemic, swim instructors say they know you will be eager to get outside and into the pool.

AMY JOYNER: 1, 2, 3. Woo! Roll over--

ANDREA BLANFORD: Owner of British Swim School, Raleigh, Amy Joyner is about to open her fourth location here at Hilton Raleigh North Hills, expanding after the pandemic forced her swim lessons to a halt last March.

AMY JOYNER: [INAUDIBLE].

ANDREA BLANFORD: Is slowly ramping back up, she and other area swim schools put COVID protocols in place-- face shields, temperature checks, fewer pool toys, and masks for those on the deck. Joyner advocates for year-round swim lessons, and says she was concerned for her students and others when lessons had to stop last spring, as it's the best time to build confidence in the water.

AMY JOYNER: The winter time and the springtime is the best time for your kids to take swim lessons, so that when summer time does come, they already have the skills that they need to navigate the pool in a safe way.

ANDREA BLANFORD: Especially as pool sales spiked during the pandemic, Joyner urges parents to take necessary precautions. Empty inflatable pools between use, remove toys that could entice children to reach in, set up a fence, gate, and door locks, and pool alarms as well. In Raleigh, Andrea Blanford, ABC 11 Eyewitness News.