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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 swimming lessons, youth lessons are available for free at West Charlotte Recreation Center and all summer long at the outdoor pools. The next West Charlotte registration date is set for Tuesday, May 29 at West Charlotte Recreation Center. The lottery-style event will begin at 5:30 p.m., and more information can be found here. Park and Recreation also offers affordable group and private lessons year-round at Marion Diehl Pool and the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.