Free classes get you ready for pool season
Are the kids itching for a swim yet? My pool is still too chilly for me, but the kids have already been in all weekend. As we venture into warmer weather, it's nice to see some of the free water safety events coming up.
There's a Water Safety Puppet Show next week at the Safety Harbor Library, that aimed for kids ages 2 to 12. It includes a puppet show, songs, a safety lecture, a visit from Splash the Safety Penguin and free stuffed penguins (while supplies last). Free. Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, Safety Harbor. (727) 724-1535. 6:30 p.m. Monday, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (May 6 and 9).
The St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center is taking things a step further with it's Every Child a Swimmmer program. This annual program allows children who are non-swimmers between the ages of 5-11 years to participate in swim lessons for FREE. Registration and swim tests are required before official classes start. Course runs at 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday May 7 to May 24. Phone: (727) 363-9264.
You can also find reasonably priced swim lessons at the YMCA and most of your local public pools. I always found it funny that when my babies were in lessons at the YMCA in January, there were only a few other people in the class. But come June, the class with mobbed. Don't people realize it takes years to learn to swim, so why wait until summer to sign up?
Of course wwimming lessons is just part of a complete prevention program that should include fencing for pools, appropriate adult supervision, and parent training in CPR.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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