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YMCA teaches life-saving lessons about water safety

Second-graders from Leicester Elementary School learned to be confident -- yet cautious -- around water at the Asheville YMCA. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Some Western North Carolina kids got a lesson in water safety at the YMCA in Asheville.

Second-graders from Leicester Elementary School learned to be confident -- yet cautious -- around water.

Lifeguards at the YMCA made sure the children understood that you must respect the water, follow the rules, and never get into the water without asking permission from an adult.

The goal is to save lives here at home and in places all across the country.

"Here in Western North Carolina, besides rivers and lakes, we want to make sure we are providing as many resources as we can so our kids understand water safety," Tina Weaver, the assistant director of program development, said.

Within Henderson, Buncombe and McDowell counties The Y reaches about 3,000 kids every year -- teaching them life-saving skills.

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