COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A drowning in Otsego comes less than a week after U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer’s report on a spike in toddler drownings this summer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), three children drown every day in the United States.
“I’ve had this bad feeling about kids around water forever so I was always motivated to get them swimming right away,” Cassie Fiacco, of Watervliet, said.
Fiacco has been coming to the Ciccoti Center with her family for the last nine years.
All three of her kids have taken swimming lessons here.
Her daughter Briella, was in the water before she turned one and was swimming without assistance by age three.
Now it’s Michael’s turn.
“So we just recently moved and we do not have a pool, but we have a pond right off the back of the house. As soon as we moved in there I said that’s it, he needs to know how to swim if we’re going to live in this house.”
The three-year-old started private lessons in March and wouldn’t step foot near the water.
“He would cry and we would have to chase him around the Ciccoti Center and now you just saw him, he’s almost swimming with no assistance,” Fiacco said. “He loves coming to her now he looks forward to the days he has swim lessons.”
Alyssa Nappi is a former competitive swimmer. Now, teaching kids how to swim is her passion.
“Okay now we’re going to get out a little bit stronger and little bit more independent so that way if God forbid you fall in, you know what to do,” Nappi said. “You’re not too young to learn let’s just put it that way.
They say it’s a good reminder for parents and caretakers to learn the ABCs of water safety.
A for active supervision
B for barriers
And C is for classes, both CPR and swimming lessons.
“Teaching them how to swim is the best thing you can do ya know? You’re at a party, there’s a lot of kids around everyone thinks everyone else is watching the pool, you never ever know,” Fiacco said. “So it’s definitely nerve-wracking.”