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Olympic swimmer Ryan Murphy: Drowning deaths of children are preventable. Here's how.

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Group of children swimming in pool, underwater view, low angle view

I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t in the water – in fact, all of my favorite memories have happened there. At just 10 months old, I had my first swim lesson, and I can’t recall a time when swimming didn’t feel as familiar to me as walking. Of course, in the moment, it never occurred to me that what I was learning could potentially save my life or the lives of others around me.

Wherever you choose to swim, there’s something about the water that is so inviting. To me, the feeling of being weightless is empowering and makes me feel invincible. To children, it’s enticing with its ripples and splashes, so it’s no wonder why they are curious. However, the amazing memories and the opportunity to build my life around my love of water wouldn’t have been possible if I didn’t learn how to respect it at a young age.

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