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City of Columbia, WIS teaming up to offer free swim lessons

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation is offering free water safety basics and survival instruction for children in time for the summer swim season. The city will partner with WIS News 10 and Wendy's to raise awareness of water safety and provide opportunities for youth to learn to swim. 

Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related death for children between the age of one and 14, according to the Center for Disease Control. The fatal unintentional drowning rate for African-Americans across all ages was 1.3 times that of whites.

The public is invited to the dry land kickoff scheduled for June 25 from 5pm to 6pm at Maxcy Gregg pool on Park Circle. The event will include instructions on how to be safe in and near the water this summer.

Families and individuals will be able to register for the free classes beginning June 7 until June 14 at the Drew Wellness Center. Space is limited; participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Water Safety Clinic will begin the week of July 5 through July 9 from 9am to 9:45am, 10am to 10:45am, 11am to 11:45am, 5pm to 5:45pm and 6pm to 6:45pm.

The clinics will not interfere with recreational swim hours at Greenview and Maxcy Gregg pools. Recreation swim is scheduled from 1pm to 5pm at both pools.

For more information about the Water Safety Clinic, call 803-545-3200.

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