Bakersfield's 'Operation Splash' highlights child pool safety

Bakersfield's 'Operation Splash' highlights child pool safety
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — With temperatures in the upper 90s, pool season is clearly underway.

Monday, crowds filed into the McMurtrey Aquatic Center for "Operation Splash." Some headed to the wading pools, while others looked for a little more adventure.

Organizers hoped to stress the importance of pool safety for children.

Lifeguard Mathew O'Malley laid out the basics: “Young kids need to always make sure they are swimming when a grown up is around supervising them."

He also emphasized the importance of children taking swimming lessons.

Knowing CPR was another focuses of Monday's event.

“Anybody can pull somebody out of the water. It's the skills that you know that will save someone’s life," said safety instructor Brittany Bailey.