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Learning to Swim Can Save A Life


With summer here, more of us are looking to cool off by getting in the water.

The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says minorities are most at risk for drowning.

One Albany group is helping to bridge that gap by teaching all kids how to swim. Drowning is the number one cause of death for toddlers.  

Nearly 80% of teens and adults who drown are males, and African Americans are more likely not to know how to swim. 

"It's not that they can't swim they just need the opportunity to learn to swim." said Boys and Girls Club Pool Manager Bobby Savage.

The Boys and Girls Club in Albany is offering free swimming lessons this summer.  

Each child is at a different level.

Savage said. "Seeing where they are so we know where we need to go with them."

Deonna Powell says she didn't start learning to swim until she was 12. Now she is considering joining the swimming team at her school

"If you can't swim you shouldn't be close to the water unless you know how to swim." said Deonna Powell.

Taking precautions is vital to water safety  "It only takes a quick second to drown make sure you know how to swim to prevent disasters." said Timothy Allen.

Drowning deaths are preventable.

The CDC says learn to swim use barriers around swimming pools, make sure there is an adult supervisor at all times, use a buddy system, wear a life jacket where required and learn CPR.

"Being safe around water is just as important as knowing how to swim" said Savage. The Boys and Girls Club summer swim enrichment program offers classes for kids from 6-18.

The Boys and Girls Clubs offers swimming lessons from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Monday-Friday at their pool at North Jefferson Street.

A free swim begins at 1:00 p.m..



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