“Going to a drowning related incident is a terrible thing for a first responder to attend to and for families, it’s their worst nightmare,” said Chief John Walka.
To prevent that nightmare from happening, experts say it all starts with our ABC’s of water safety. A, for active adult supervision, B, for barriers, C for CPR and swim lessons and coast guard approved life vests.
It’s almost important to reinforce those lessons throughout the year.
“If they can do the year-round swim lessons then that is the ideal situation because they will continue to build on that. They won’t lose those skills, it’s going to help them in so many ways, so year-round swimming is the one thing we recommend if they can do it,” said Tracy Koslowski, from Drexel Heights Fire District.
For this year’s Tenth Annual News Four Tucson Lifesaver, we teamed up with our community partners and sponsors, including the YMCA of Southern Arizona, offering free swim lessons to hundreds of children, as young as six-months-old.
“We have new kids every year that need to learn how to swim and being able to partner with you and spread that message louder and longer in the community is what it’s about,” said Kurtis Dawson, YMCA of Southern Arizona President and CEO.
Getting those kids in the water like we did during our nine fun-filled Swimfest events, is about much more than just learning how to swim.
“I see kids that have returned every year and who were the first ones crying when they got into swim lessons, and now they’re the ones swimming across the pool,” said Candis Martin from the YMCA of Southern Arizona.
From our popular News 4 Tucson Lifesaver Coloring Contest to our Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Giveaway, this Tenth Annual News 4 tucson Lifesaver season may be drawing to a close, but we want to remind the community water-safety never takes a break.
“We’re seeing while we have some non-fatal incidents we don’t have those fatal incidents like we used to so we are so grateful for the program,” said Koslowski.
Once again we would like to thank our community partners and sponsors. You can still find important information about water safety, including how to sign up for CPR and swim classes at kvoa.com/lifesaver.