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Letter: Learn more about water safety

Learn more about water safety

Dear Editor:

There still may be snow on the mountains, but summer is coming up fast. Nothing cools the heat of the summer better than engaging in a water activity such as swimming at a recreation center pool, rafting on the Colorado River or boating at Ruedi Reservoir.

May is National Water Safety Month — an annual awareness campaign coordinated by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals with support from the National Recreation & Parks Association, the American Red Cross, and the World Waterpark Association.

The Center of Disease Control reports: “From 2005-2009, there were an average of 3,533 fatal unintentional drownings (non-boating related) annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. An additional 347 people died each year from drowning in boating-related incidents. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.” Research shows that formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent and yet many kids do not receive formal swimming lessons.

As a mentor in the Aspen Buddy Program, I wanted my buddy Lupita O. to know the rewards of community service. With swimming being one of our favorite activities to do together, we became excited about the idea of The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson (http://www.worldslargestswimminglesson.org). On June 18, 2013 (9:00 a.m. MT) kids (ages 4 to 14) and families at aquatic facilities and waterparks around the globe will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson. The town of Snowmass Village Recreation center has graciously agreed to host this free event where prizes will be given away including a chance for private swim lessons!

Registration for this event and to sign up for summer swim lessons can be done by calling the town of Snowmass Village Rec Center at 970-922-2240. We hope you will join us for this fun event to help promote water safety.

Kim Vieira


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