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With Labor Day approaching – a big pool holiday – Chula Vista’s Fire and Recreation Departments will offer residents a free water safety program on Saturday, August 25. The event, scheduled from 12 to 3 p.m. at Parkway Family Aquatic Center, 385 Park Way, is designed to emphasize safety around water for children and parents. Participants can pre-register for free swim lessons by calling (619) 691-5088 or just show up the day of the event.

The event will help parents understand the steps they must take to keep their children and guests safe around the pool. Children will receive free swim lessons. They will also learn what to do if they get into trouble in different aquatic environments, and how to properly use a life jacket. Parents will learn about the importance of fence and alarm systems, how to provide optimal supervision, and receive an introduction to the importance of learning CPR and basic water rescue techniques. Home owners with backyard pools will be offered vouchers for free access to the Home Pools Essential internet course (normally $20), and once the course is completed, they are eligible for a free life jacket from Safe Kids San Diego. Attendees will also be treated to a barbeque hosted by the Chula Vista Firefighter’s Foundation.

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children under the age of 14 years in the United States. Nationally there have been 90 fatal drowning and 106 non-fatal drowning incidents requiring ER care since Memorial Day; however, thanks to local regional drowning prevention initiatives there have been no unintentional fatal drowning incidents among children under 14 years in San Diego County this year. There have been 43 fatal drowning incidents since 2006 in San Diego County, and most of these incidents involved children under the age of four years who drowned in a backyard pool or bath tub.

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