National Swimming Championships Changing Lives For Athletes, Young Kids

This year's National Swimming Championships in San Antonio aren't just for the top athletes.

For a few hours on Thursday, a group of kids got to test out their skills in the water.

They learned the basics, with help from five-time Olympian Dara Torres.

Torres is working with the organization "SwimToday" to raise awareness about childhood fitness through swimming and to offer tips on how to keep your child safe in the water.

San Antonio is set for a weekend of temperatures in the triple digits and experts say the sooner you can get your child familiar with the water, the better.

"I had my daughter in a pool when she was 3 months old. I wanted her water safe and I think that's the biggest thing. There's over 4 million drownings a year and they can be preventable if you put your kids in swim lessons and teach them how to swim," said five-time Olympian Dara Torres.

The National Meet kicked off Thursday morning and will continue through Monday.

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals, is scheduled to compete in several races throughout the weekend. 

For more information or to sign up for classes, click here.

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