Weston’s Splash Day/Drowning Prevention Day, July 16th

SPLASH Day! A free water safety day is offered to help reverse the incidents of childhood drowning in our community.  SPLASH Day is a part of a year-long, national “Pool Safely” campaign by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, who partnered with the Red Cross, the YMCA, the Home Safety Council and pool builders for a unified effort to promote spa and pool safety.

The Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston is going all out in promoting drowning awareness which is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 – 4 in Florida.

SPLASH Day is a free, hands-on educational awareness event for children ages 3-5 years old, and their parents and will take place from 10am-1pm on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the Sheinberg Family YMCA of Weston’s Aquatics Center. Children will experience safety stations all relating to swim safety, including: Sun Safety, Personal Safety, Rescue & Safety, Boating Safety, BSO Officers & Fire Trucks and First Aid and CPR Demonstrations for parents.  Participants will also be provided with lunch.

This free event does not require YMCA membership.  It targets children in the Western Broward County area who may have limited or no access to swimming lessons, as well as any child who is in need of water safety instruction.

REGISTER NOW! Parents can go online or call to register through July 12th.  Participation is limited to the first 175 registrants.  Online:  www.ymcabroward.org (click on Special Events); or call 954-424-9622.  The Sheinberg Family YMCA is located at 20201 Saddle Club Road, Weston.

Both the City of Weston and the Broward Sheriff’s Office support the YMCA’s SPLASH Day and have proclaimed July 16, 2010 as Drowning Prevention Day in the City of Weston.  City leaders encourage parents and the community to participate in this instructional initiative and to help further awareness of water safety and drowning prevention education.

On the day that the national “Pool Safely” campaign was launched, the American Academy of Pediatrics relaxed its stance on when children can start swimming lessons. The academy now says children can start to learn to swim as young as 1 year old.

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