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After a long winter -- summer is almost here. Maumee Bay State Park is one the Segura families favorite spots to swim.  Anytime they hit the water they say the kids wear life jackets.

"It makes you feel more comfortable that the kids have these flotation devices on their chest. Just in case something should happen where you just look away for a second and the kids are running for the water because they are kids they wonder off," said Anthony Segura a parent.  

There were a lot of kids who did not have on life jackets. Parents say they keep them safe the old fashion way.  

"She doesn't know how to swim that well so i just keep an eye on her," said Danetta Salazar a parent.

There's no diving at Maumee Bay State Park, watch your kids and swim safe. Water safety experts say it's best to swim near a life guard.

"Kids and inexperienced swimmers we want to encourage them to wear life jackets US coast guard approved life jackets those are great help especially for the kids," said officer Chad German with the Ohio Department of Natural Resource division of watercraft.

Officer Chad German showed us a few examples.

"You see there's a lot of flotation here on the head. This would turn the child face up if they are left unattended or they get out of reach. Their are also straps that go through the legs so they can't fall through it," said Officer German.  

 They come in different colors and sizes. He also encourages families to buy a rescue bag.
 
"Try to get them something from shore. Throw it to them reach something to them. The last thing you want to do is become a victim too because what that victim is going to want to try to do is climb on top of you to get up out of the water," said Officer German
     
Beach safety tips and devices the life guards hope you'll keep in mind.   

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