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March 23, 2018

Aquatics Division Recognized by American Red Cross for Swimming Lessons, Lifesaving Skills

Learn to Swim Award 2017

For the second year in a row, the City of Bryan Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division has been recognized for providing over 1,000 swimming lessons and for training over 100 individuals in life saving skills including lifeguarding, CPR, first aid, and more in 2017 by the American Red Cross. The division was first named an American Red Cross Gold Level Learn to Swim Provider for their efforts in 2016, the first year the American Red Cross began the recognition program, and works each year to continue educating the public on the importance of water safety.

The Aquatics Division offers swimming lessons at the Bryan Aquatic Center and Sue Haswell Pool with structured classes for water babies (6 to 36 months), preschoolers (36 months to 5 years), youth (6 to 17 years), and adults (17 years and up). In addition, American Red Cross Lifeguard, Water Safety Instructor, Water Fit, Prenatal/Postpartum Water Fitness, Junior Guard, and Stroke Clinic courses are available.

Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under the age of 4 and is the 3rd leading cause of death among children under the age of 14. It occurs quickly and silently. 88% of drowning victims were under some sort of supervision at the time of the incident and 75% of victims were missing for under 5 minutes. Studies have shown that formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning up to 88% for children 1 to 4 years of age.

Learn more about the City of Bryan Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division and to see a full list of the water courses available here.

 
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