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WORLD CHAMPION OFFERS TIMELY ADVICE TO GET KIDS IN THE SWIM OF THINGS

WORLD CHAMPION OFFERS TIMELY ADVICE TO GET KIDS IN THE SWIM OF THINGS
 DECATUR, Ga., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- For parents who want their children to enjoy the beach or pool this summer, some timely advice comes from Mike Barrowman, a 23-year-old swimming champion who also holds the title of 1991 U.S. Swimmer of the Year.
 Barrowman, who is spokesperson for Hydrotech Chemical Corporation, believes that toddlers should be familiarized with the water in a comfortably warm indoor pool, whether or not they learn to swim right away. "Let them feel the water on their skin and get used to putting their head under water so they learn to relax in the water." "But never force little children to stay in if they begin crying."
 The world title holder in the 200 meter breaststroke, Barrowman got his first taste of a pool when he was 18 months old. He's convinced that first impressions are lasting.
 "So a cardinal rule is to make sure that a child enjoys his or her first exposure to the water," said the swim champ.
 To help assure that a child thoroughly likes the "first experience," Barrowman recommends that parents locate a pool that uses a bromine- based sanitizer such as the Clorfree (R) system, made by Hydrotech. "A bromine sanitizer reduces the likelihood of eye and skin irritation and eliminates the unpleasant odor commonly associated with chlorine," he noted.
 "Also, make absolutely certain the water isn't cold ... about 84 degrees Fahrenheit is best," he added.
 Barrowman somehow manages to find time to teach his favorite sport to children despite practicing up to seven hours daily and studying hard enough to maintain an excellent scholastic record at the University of Michigan. His experience has taught him to place heavy emphasis on making children feel safe. "I am never more than two-to-three feet from a beginner at any point in the pool, so the child doesn't have to worry what happens if he or she can't make it to the other side."
 Finally, Barrowman has these three suggestions for parents:
 First, make a point of offering enthusiasm and unflagging support, especially to very young children.
 Second -- and this is an especially difficult thing for protective parents to do, Barrowman observes -- resist the temptation to interfere with the instructor, particularly in the presence of your child.
 Third, don't let your child overdo it. Even the best swimmers don't reach peak performance until their late teens. "Mental burnout can be the price of premature overzealousness," Barrowman concludes.
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 /NOTE TO THE EDITOR: Photo available on request, 212-840-7815/
 /CONTACT: Hal Dye of Hydrotech, 800-800-8794, or Ted Baron of Ted Baron, Inc., 212-840-7815, for Hydrotech/ CO: Hydrotech Chemical Corporation ST: Georgia IN: SU


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