Think your toddler is too young to swim? Think again.

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Kids as young as 6 months old can and should learn swimming safety skills, says swim instructor Emily McVay.

McVay teaches lessons at the Wichita Swim Club. She teaches 18-month-old, Slayton Harrison, who can already be dropped into a pool and find his way back up for air. 

"Everyone can learn to find air that way on their back and that's the life-saving measure that we teach," says McVay.

7-month-old, Nate, is also learning.

"Once a child is of the age of crawling, so they're mobile. They can find water. If they can have access to water, they will find it," says McVay.

The CDC says drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for kids under the age of four. 

And, a recent report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says June is the deadliest month for drowning fatalities involving children.

"I am a PICU nurse by trade and have taken care of kiddos that have passed away from drowning situations," says Jenna Artis, an RN and swimming instructor. 

Artis focuses on lessons for kids two and older. 

Just last week, country music star, Granger Smith's three-year-old son, River, died in a drowning accident.

"It's very scary and it happens...It just takes a split second," says Cassie Good, a Wichita mother of three. 

Both Artis and McVay believe their lessons will save lives. 

"No one plans for an emergency like this, but you can prepare for it," says McVay.

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