Chula Vista Gets Wet With Operation Splash

The program teaches swimming to kids in low income families.

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    The city of Chula Vista has received a grant, allowing its recreational swim program to stay afloat. It's called "Operation Splash" and it caters to children of low-income families. (Published Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010)

    The city of Chula Vista has received a grant, allowing its recreational swim program to stay afloat.  It's called "Operation Splash" and it caters to children of low-income families.  

    Dozens of fourth graders were at the Parkway Family Aquatic Center Tuesday to show off their new swimming skills. 

    City officials say for 60 percent of the kids attending, this is their first swim class ever. 

    "Operation Splash"  teaches the young swimmers water safety. "They're also learning basic first aid, and  CPR," said Manuel Gonzalez, Chula Vista's Aquatics Supervisor. "As we approach Labor Day, it's invaluable life skills they're learning."  

    The program is set to continue for at least another year after a $150,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente.