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Kingsport Aquatic Center offering free water safety classes

March 31st, 2014 6:52 pm by Staff Report

Kingsport Aquatic Center offering free water safety classes

KINGSPORT — Each Saturday morning in April, the Kingsport Aquatic Center will offer free water safety classes for parents and children.

Course instruction, which will be held from 10-11 a.m., will cover the following topics:

Saturday, April 5: General Water Safety

Saturday, April 12: Boating Safety

Saturday, April 19: Home Pool Safety

Saturday, April 26: Personal Water Safety

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years," KAC Director Kari Matheney said in a release. "Drowning happens quickly and suddenly, and any source of water is a potential drowning hazard, especially for young children and weak swimmers."

With warm weather just around the corner, the classes come at an opportune time.

"As we prepare for another swimming and boating season, now is the time to focus on water safety," Matheney said. "These short workshops are open to members and nonmembers, and we encourage parents and children to don a swimsuit and join us for a time of important instruction and some fun in the water."

The April "Pools" Day safety events join a lineup of aquatic fitness and educational programming available at the center. A calender of events can be found at the Kingsport Aquatic Center website.

(The Kingsport Aquatic Center is the region's newest and most comprehensive indoor-outdoor public aquatic and recreation facility. Located in Kingsport's Meadowview district at the base of Bays Mountain, the center provides area residents and visitors with the best in health, fitness and recreation features in a safety-focused environment. The Kingsport Aquatic Center features the area's only indoor Olympic-size pool, the HMG Competition pool, plus year-round swim courses and American Red Cross-certified water safety and lifeguard training. A seasonal outdoor water park offers recreational activities from mid-May to early September. Seasonal, annual and daily rates are available.) 

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