WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
May 28, 2012
With the last day of school right around the corner, kids are getting ready for summer and some well-deserved fun.
Many kids will head to the pool or beach with parents or friends this summer.
Many are already water-safe and know how to swim. But others, particularly children ages one to four, do not know how to swim while others need a refresher course.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, drowning is the leading cause of injury or death among children ages one to four.
Males make up approximately 80 percent of drowning victims. Researchers say they often overestimate their swimming ability.
According to the USA Swimming Foundation, 70 percent of African-American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim.
Also in the CDC report, black children between the ages of 5-14 are three times more likely to drown than white children. There is an ongoing effort to increase education in communities populated with African-American and Hispanic children.
CDC officials strongly urge everyone should learn swimming basics and CPR. Early formal swimming lessons are recommended for kids as well as basic water survival skills.
To get kids started off on the right foot this summer, the Comets Swim School is offering one free swim lesson at the Academic Village Pool in Pembroke Pines, site of the South Florida Aquatic Club, one of the most successful teams in the Florida Gold Coast.
Also available are lessons at reasonable prices for infants, adults, beginners to competitive swimmers and those who want triathlon-specific training.
The dates which the free lesson is being offered are June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7.
Those interested in signing up for this summer’s free lesson can call the swim office at 954-538-3724 or go to www.swim4comets.com.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org