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      Staying safe at the pools this summer

      The Wavering Aquatic Center features a water slide, a rock climbing wall and also a basketball hoop.

      A lot of fun can take place here at the pool but, if the rules are not followed, that fun may disappear.

      "Its just a lot of action, on certain days, especially when the weather's nice just making sure everybody's following the rules," Brett Miller, the Wavering Aquatic Center Manager, said.

      Miller has been apart of the Quincy Park District for almost 11 years. During that time he has seen people running around the people, doing backflips and also diving into deep water.

      Some do it successfully and some don TMt. For the ones who are not as fortunate, its often because they were not following the rules.

      Miller says the rules are designed to keep you safe.

      "Avoiding any injuries and accidents whether it be jumping off the side of the pool and jumping on to somebody else or diving boards one at a time, one bounce, water slide, one user and clearing the area just so we are making sure we are not putting others at risk," Miller said.

      The rules are also in place to ensure everyone has a good time.

      Just important because it TMs so much fun, so many people have so much fun when they can have that opportunity to swim, so if you are going to get in water, want to make sure you had the experience, Miller said.

      Below are pool safety tips.

      - Swim in areas supervised by lifeguards.- Swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.- Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. - Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child TMs life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. - Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous. - If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.- Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours which are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.