Drowning prevention program offers free swimming lessons to kids

Published: Mar. 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 14, 2013 at 6:04 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The drowning prevention program kicked off back in December, but is starting to really take off as the weather warms up.

The classes teach kids everything from different swimming techniques and developing confidence in the water.

The program is unique because it teaches kids to use life vests as well.  At the end of the program kids leave with their very own.

The Tucson Medical Center and Kohl's Care teamed up to make this option possible for parents. Officials with TMC say drowning is 100% preventable and hopes combining life vests with water safety classes has a significant impact.

The free swim lessons are on a first come, first serve basis to the first 550 kids this year.

To sign up call the Tucson Medical Center at 520-324-5604. Anyone can qualify as long as kids are between the ages of 4 and 17. Classes are available at various YMCA locations throughout Tucson. For a look at the class schedule click here.

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