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"The Danger Is Real" - Staying Safe In Lakes and Pools This Summer - What To Do If You Fall Off A Boat

Our Jake Walker talks with the YMCA about life-saving skills around bodies of water.
Posted at 5:53 AM, Jun 06, 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — I remember learning to swim at the Briargate YMCA here in town nearly 30 years ago… they tell me they're offering a special class for infants to 3-year-olds, saying the earlier you can teach your child to swim, the better.

They say swim lessons aren't just about learning to swim. They can also teach teens and adults certain life-saving skills such as CPR. Drew Olvey with the YMCA says there are other ways to stay safe at the pool, in addition to education. If you have plans to go out to the lake, he says bring a life jacket with you to swim lessons. That way a lifeguard can make sure it's coast guard approved.

He says the danger of drowning is real, and to never swim alone. Let's say you're on a boat at Eleven Mile and you accidentally fall off while not wearing a life jacket. What do you do? Olvey says it's important that everyone knows how to backfloat. To do this, take a big breath of air, lean way back, and spread your arms and legs like a starfish. That way you should be able to float on your back while you call for help.


Celebrity chef Brother Luck shares how he overcame depression during a pinnacle of his career

The Brother Luck you may know beat Bobby Flay in a 2016 episode of the Food Network's reality television show, "Beat Bobby Flay." It was a moment that catapulted his career. But, the Brother Luck you probably don't know is the one who behind the smiles was hiding a painful battle with addiction and depression.

Celebrity chef Brother Luck shares battle with addiction and depression

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