|On Monday, September 27, the City of Chula Vista will join the Consumer Safety Product Commission's National Pool Safely Day campaign by providing a customer appreciation event at the Loma Verde Family Aquatic Center, 1420 Loma Lane. The event highlights the importance of educating parents and children about being safe around water throughout the year. The Chula Vista Pool Safely Day will feature recreational swim from 3 to 7 p.m., swim and diving clinics for children from 5 to 7 p.m. and a movie in the pool at 7 p.m. Patrons that have taken any City of Chula Vista Recreation Department program in the past year will be able to attend for free, while others can attend for the regular pool admission fee ($2 for children/seniors; $3 for adults).
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act that Congress enacted in 2008 required a national education campaign designed to raise public awareness, reduce fatal and non-fatal drowning incidents, and reduce entrapments in swimming pools and spas. The Consumer Safety Product Commission (CSPC) developed Pool Safely Day to promote simple steps that save lives at aquatic facilities that operate throughout the year. With a favorable climate that promotes the enjoyment of water during non-summer months, Chula Vista residents have a greater need for water safety education.
"Drowning prevention and swimming safety is one of CPSC’s highest priorities, especially since the incidents involving children are preventable," said Inez M. Tenenbaum, Chairman of the CPSC. "We at CPSC are proud that water parks and aquatic facilities around the country are joining forces with us on September 27 to participate in Pool Safely Day. I encourage everyone to take simple steps year round in pools, spas, indoor water parks and aquatic facilities – it can save a life."
Pool Safely Day is scheduled for the first day of fall break for most students in Chula Vista. Attendees are encouraged to bring inner tubes so that they can enjoy the movie from inside the pool. The CPSC has provided promotional items and brochures to be distributed at the event.
Additional information about Chula Vista's aquatic program can be found at www.chulavistaca.gov/goto/swim.
For more information on the Pool Safely campaign, call (619) 691-5099 or visit the website at www.poolsafely.gov. The campaign is also on Twitter (@poolsafely), YouTube (www.youtube.com/poolsafely) and Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/poolsafely).