From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2010
Contact: Kathryn Freeman, 210-733-6604

Van De Putte and Josh Davis Team Up to Promote Water Safety

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) — On Wednesday, May 5 at the Braundera Family YMCA, Senator Leticia Van de Putte joined Olympic Gold medalist Josh Davis to promote children's water safety as part of National Water Safety Month.

Nationally, drowning is a leading cause of death to children under the age of five. Unfortunately, an average of 70 children drown each year in Texas. Momentary distractions such as answering phone calls can provide enough time for a child to access the pool and quietly slip under water. Promoting learn-to-swim programs, implementing water safety education, and encouraging adult supervision are all key components to protecting Texas children during the peak swimming months of May through September.

"As summer begins and the temperature heats up, adults must remain vigilant during family aquatic activities. This summer, let's make sure we keep our children safe, while we keeping them cool," said Senator Leticia Van de Putte.

"Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for young children, but it is completely preventable. The better our children know how to swim, the more fun they can have from tubing the Guadalupe, sliding at Schlitterbahn, surfing at Port Aransas, to skiing at Canyon Lake. Swimming is one of the best lifelong sports to enjoy," said Olympic Medalist Josh Davis.

"The Aquatic Professionals Education Council ("APEC"), on behalf of Texas swimming pool contractors, service professionals, manufacturers and retailers, is proud to join Senator Van De Putte in supporting this important endeavor," said Doug Dinkins, President of the Aquatic Professionals Education Council.

"Be water aware! Enjoy all the positive effects available through safe swimming. Above all, nothing takes the place of adult supervision, without distractions!" Patrick Walsh, President of the South Texas Association of Pool & Spa Professionals.