Officials remind swimmers to be cautious before stepping foot in water this summer

May 27, 2024, 6:10 PM | Updated: 6:37 pm

BOUNTIFUL With the unofficial start to the summer here, that means more Utah families will be going out for a swim.

But aquatics officials are urging anyone who gets in the pool or open water to be cautious.

“(Drowning) is not unique to just little kids that come and use the splash pad, but it also impacts youth and adults as well. It impacts those who don’t know how to swim and those who are experienced swimmers,” said Kathleen Steadman with the Utah Drowning Prevention Coalition.

The coalition, which is an extension of the Utah Recreation & Parks Association, focuses on teaching drowning prevention techniques across the state.

Their reminder comes not just as more pools are opening statewide, but after an unfortunate drowning during the holiday weekend.

With the unofficial start to the summer here, that means more Utah families will be going out for a swim. But aquatics officials are urging anyone who gets in the pool or open water to be cautious. (Brianna Chavez, KSL TV)

A tragic event

A 35-year-old man drowned while swimming in a pool at an apartment complex. Taylorsville police said a tenant saw him pulled him out and performed CPR, calling the incident a tragic accident.

“We sometimes get feel like we’re invincible. We feel like we are capable, or we overestimate our abilities in the water,” Steadman said.

Steadman said it’s important to remember several tactics as the summer months approach. The first, designate a “water watcher,” someone to keep an eye on things at all time. Steadman said while swimming in a pool or area with a lifeguard should always be a priority, they do not serve as babysitters. “There needs to be a parent in the water watching those children, really up to 8-year-sold they need to have someone in the water with them.”

Another reminder, swimming lessons. Steadman suggests checking with your local recreation center to see when swimming lessons for kids or adults are available.

It’s something Joe Mitchell made sure he was able to sign up his son Graham for before stepping in the pool at the South Davis Recreation Center on Monday.

“It’s a big part of what we like to do in the summertime. So we definitely wanted him to be equipped with skills and us to have some peace of mind.”

Another reminder, especially for adults, Steadman said is life vests are must in open water.

“Changes in weather, medical emergencies, an injury, all these things can turn a safe activity all of a sudden into a deadly one,” she said.

For more tips and information on the Utah Drowning Prevention Coalition, click here.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Jack Walker (left) and Lizzy Walker (right) talk about the many miracles that came together to save...

Eliza Pace

‘I didn’t have a heartbeat for 11 minutes,’ Utah man thankful for miracles that saved his life

A 23-year-old man is thankful to be alive after multiple miracles saved his life when he had a heart attack.

17 minutes ago

a red flag waving in front of smokey skies...

Larry D. Curtis

Utah issued its first Red Flag Warning of the year

Low humidity and high winds prompted Utah Fire Info to release its first Red Flag Warning of the year for Utah.

24 minutes ago

The Clear Creek Fire has burned 20 acres in Sevier County. (Utah Fire Info, X)...

Josh Ellis

Clear Creek Fire 50% contained; crews say fire started by vehicle on I-70

The Clear Creek Fire, which has burned approximately 20 acres in Sevier County by Interstate 70, was 50% contained as of Thursday morning.

2 hours ago

FILE: Elected officials and representatives from U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Teams unveil t...

Associated Press

Possible 2026 World Cup training camps may include Salt Lake City or Herriman

Possible team training camps for the 2026 World Cup include a site in Salt Lake City among several other U.S. cities.

4 hours ago

A grid with still pictures from nine films...

Larry D. Curtis

Sundance offers free film festival screenings to Utah audiences in July

Many associate the Sundance Film Festival with snowy streets in the annual winter film festival, but Utahns will have a chance to see free screenings, including outdoors, in July.

4 hours ago

Candidates for the Republican primary's Utah’s 3rd Congressional District in a televised debate a...

Daniella Rivera and Annie Knox

KSL Truth Test: Fact-checking GOP candidates in race for Utah’s open US House seat

The KSL Investigators looked into claims from five Republican candidates vying to replace Rep. John Curtis in the U.S. House of Representatives.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light up your home with these top lighting trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for hassle-free computer repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Officials remind swimmers to be cautious before stepping foot in water this summer