NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – This weekend is considered the “unofficial” start of summer, with kids heading to pools, beaches, and lakes across the Tri-state area.

Water however, can be a potential source of danger, especially for youngsters learning to swim.

Drownings are a leading cause of death among children. Gillian Graves, owner of Goldfish Swim School in Yorktown Heights joined CBS2’s Cindy Hsu and Andrea Grymes to share some water safety tips.

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Among some of her most important tips, enrolling children in swim classes at an early age.

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