Boys & Girls Club of Albany works to prevent drownings

Marvin Laster, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany. (Source: WALB).
Marvin Laster, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany. (Source: WALB).
The Boys & Girls Club of Albany hosted a four day camp to help kids understand swimming safety. (Source: WALB).
The Boys & Girls Club of Albany hosted a four day camp to help kids understand swimming safety. (Source: WALB).

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - With summer approaching, more kids are heading to the pool, but it's also a time when drowning cases spike.

Within the past week, there have been two drownings in Southwest Georgia. The latest happened Sunday when a teen drowned in a pool at Moody Air Force Base. These tragedies have motivated the Boys & Girls Club of Albany to teach kids water safety.

For some kids across America, a summer dive in the pool is sometimes their last.

"In recent days, in our community in Southwest Georgia, we've learned of a number of unintentional drownings," said Marvin Laster, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Albany.

Laster said the Boys & Girls Club of Albany is trying to prevent unintentional drownings right here in our backyard.

"The Zac Foundation has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club of America to provide 20 opportunities for clubs throughout the United States to offer this very extensive four-day camp," said Laster.

Laster believes this free camp could be the solution.

According to the Center for Disease Control, 10 drownings happen each day, and of those, two are children.

"Hopefully we can prevent unintentional drownings that plague, that claim the lives of so many in Southwest Georgia," said Laster.

One lesson at a time, kids learned skills to become better swimmers and understand the dangers of being in the water.

"Kids are learning through various activities in the classroom about water safety through interactive games and also a curriculum that the Zac Foundation has created," said Laster.

And organizers agree if it saves one child's life, it's worth it.

Friday is the closing ceremony for the four-day camp where kids will graduate in front of city officials like the Albany Police Chief, the coroner and more.

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