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​Before You Make A Splash, Check Out These Water Safety Tips


Water safetyEach summer, folks of all ages head to their nearest pool to beat the heat and enjoy the water. However, some encounter tragic situations. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 10 people die from unintentional drowning every day. To help spread awareness about the importance of swimming safety, several agencies across the country, including Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, are recognizing May as National Water Safety Month.

The awareness campaign aims to educate people through programs, swimming lessons, public service announcements and tips.

Here are a few pointers to ensure that you and your family have a safe and enjoyable time around the water all summer long.

  • Learn to swim no matter your age.
  • Always swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a partner or buddy.
  • Supervise children around pools and bodies of water.
  • Learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation); it can be a lifesaver when seconds count.

Park and Rec Offers Free Swim Lessons for Kids
If you are interested in registering your child for swim lessons, youth lessons are available for FREE year-round at Ray's Splash Planet and all summer long at Cordelia Pool and the Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center.

Registration for lessons at the outdoor pools will be accepted beginning on Saturday, June 15, at the pool you wish to attend. Registration will be taken every Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. for the following week only. Registration for lessons is done week-by-week and must be done in person.  Children being registered must be present at the time of registration. No phone reservations will be taken. All reservations are first come, first served and spots are limited.  For children ages 3 - 12 years old.

Park and Recreation also offers affordable group and private lessons year-round at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.