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Safety is vital during swimming season

It's a ritual of summer - hanging out at the pool, sunburn, cannonballs into the water, but an estimated 10 people die every day from drowning.

According to the CDC, drowning remains the second highest cause of accidental death in children ages 1-14.

Increasing pool safety is important for all parents - whether the pool is in your backyard, down the street, or you frequent the local lakes. There are ways to help combat this problem - fencing the pool, learning CPR, learning how to swim. To help, the Thomson Family Y is offering swim lessons to children and adults (starting at age 3).

Throughout the week of May 17-21, six participants took part in Splash Week, a free water-safety program sponsored by the Y. Students participated in five 30-minute sessions where they learned swimming and water safety. Lessons were taught by Dede Keir and Corie Thomas at White Oak Campgrounds.

While Splash Week has finished, anyone interested in learning how to swim, more about water safety or simply brush up on their skills can still take lessons. There are two age groups: 3-5-year-olds (level 1 and 2) and 6-12-year-olds (level 1 and 2), and there are time slots set aside specifically for Y Summer Camp participants to make it easier on families to coordinate all the summer activities. The cost is $50 for members/$80 for potential members (scholarships are available) and take place Monday through Thursday for two weeks at a time.

Need more reasons to hop in the pool this summer for some swim lessons? Learning how to swim has been shown to increase confidence in children, promotes a healthy lifestyle and can open the doors to a lifetime love of the water.... and anything that burns some of that endless supply of energy is a good thing right?

Web posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010

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