Olympic gold medalists talk water safety

- Watch your kids around water; we've all heard Dave Munsey say it for years, but now a couple of Olympians are helping to spread the message here in the valley.

The USA swimming foundation has a goal of providing 1 million swim lessons to children.

"Drowning is an epidemic in our country, children drown every day, in fact, 10 people drown every day, and most are children," said Rowdy Gaines.

Three-time Olympic gold medal winner and 1984 USA swimming ambassador Rowdy Gaines says it's not all bad news.

"The cure is swim lessons, it's two simple words, you can get your kids in swim lessons, and it reduces the risk dramatically," said Gaines.

Gaines and Missy Franklin made Phoenix one of four stops on their Make A Splash Tour this year, spreading a message of awareness and prevention, so drowning calls never have to be made.

"It's been shown kids ages 1-4 if you get them in the water in lessons, the risk of drowning is reduced 88%, that's a big part of getting them comfortable in the water and making sure they feel safe," said Franklin.

The Foundation also made a donation, an effort to make sure every child is safe in and around the water.

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