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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 or lake 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, please visit and click on eParks or visit Ray’s Splash Planet or the Marion Diehl Pool. Youth lessons are available for free year-round at Ray’s Splash Planet and all summer long at the outdoor pools. A pre-registration date is set for Tuesday, May 30 at Ray's Splash Planet. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.