For Immediate Release: May 18, 2010
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
Free Water Safety Workshops Provide Kids With Knowledge and Skills
HENDERSON, Nev. – In recognition of May as National Water Safety month, the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department invites children ages 6-10 to learn about water safety in a fun, yet serious atmosphere at its free Rad Tad Water Safety workshops. The free workshops will be offered from noon to 3:00 p.m. on May 29 at Silver Springs Outdoor Swimming Pool, 1951 Silver Springs Pkwy.; and at Wells Outdoor Swimming Pool, 1608 Moser Dr. in Henderson. Register at any City of Henderson recreation center or online at cityofhenderson.com (activity 336803-00 for Silver Springs, 336904-00 for Wells). Proper swim attire is a must.
The workshop features demonstrations targeting personal water safety and emergency water safety techniques that can be easily implemented by children. The presenter is an American Red Cross water safety instructor.
The purpose of the program is to generate attention about the importance of children’s safety in and around the water. According to the Southern Nevada Health District Drowning Registry, which tracks the number of children (infants through age 14) who experience submersion incidents, there were 59 incidents in 2009, with 10 fatalities. The majority of these incidents took place in residential pools (77 percent).
“When it comes to children’s safety in and around the water both at home and at any public pool, there is nothing more important than adult supervision, but water safety education is also essential,” said Angela, Hester, Aquatics supervisor, City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. “Our Rad Tad Water Safety workshops give kids a hands-on opportunity to explore water safety and arms them with the basic knowledge they need to respond in an emergency. It gives kids a sense of responsibility and a respect for the water.”
For additional information, visit cityofhenderson.com or call 267-4000.