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Safety Around Water is offered free this month

Safety Around Water, a free YMCA program that prepares children to protect themselves and others when they’re in and around bodies of water such as pools, rivers and lakes, will be offered June 14-18 and June 21-25 at Patton Pool.

“Swimming is not only a fun, healthy activity, but an important life skill for all individuals,” said LoriKay “LK” Paden, executive director of the Hendersonville Family YMCA. “Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1-4, and the second-leading cause of accidental death for kids under 15. Learning basic water safety skills saves lives, and is a great introduction to the world of swimming.”
SAW teaches kids what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly. They learn fundamental safety skills, including what to look for in a safe place to swim, how to swim a short distance on their front, how to roll over onto their back to rest and then roll on their front to continue swimming to safety.
This program is completely free of charge thanks to support from generous community donors. Registration is now open for upcoming SAW classes for children ages 3-12.