Drowning Prevention Workshop Held in City Heights

Kids sang songs, blew bubbles, and glided on their backs at the City Heights Swim Center Saturday, all in an effort to help prevent drowning.

The community pool held a free parent and tot swimming workshop where they were taught the basics of swimming and emergency response skills.

“It’s very unfortunate that drowning is the leading cause of accident and injury related death for children under four years old,” Nicole McNeil, Pool Manager at City Heights Swim Center, said. “With… summertime and the swimming season we want to make sure we’re reaching out to the community and preventing drownings.”

During the workshop children blew bubbles in the water to learn breath control, but they also sang songs because “it’s important to instill a positive experience for children when they’re new to learning how to swim,” McNeil explained.

At the center they promote swimming lessons, wearing a life jacket, swimming with a parent and following pool rules.

“Swimming lessons is really the best drowning prevention you can do,” McNeil told NBC 7.

Information about lessons can be found here.

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