May is National Water Safety Month

City of Folsom offers summer swim lessons and free life jacket loaners and joins the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

May has been designated National Water Safety Month, and officials from the City of Folsom are encouraging safe water practices this summer.

“It’s so important to be familiar with basic water-safety skills, especially during summer months when people are more often in the water,” said Folsom Parks and Recreation Director Robert Goss. “Not only could you save your own life with this knowledge, but you might also be able to save someone else’s who hasn’t had the training.”

Swimming lessons are a vital tool to prevent drowning, the second leading cause of unintended, injury-related death for children ages 1-14. The Folsom Aquatic Center will offer summer swim lessons beginning Monday, June 6. Lessons will take place at the Folsom Aquatic Center at 1200 Riley Street and the Vista del Lago High School pool at 1970 Broadstone Parkway.

The Folsom Aquatic Center is open for summer recreational swimming from May 28 to September 5 from 1 to 6 p.m. Family passes are currently on sale. The Folsom Aquatic Center also offers the Little Dippers Swim Program exclusively for parents and youngsters age six and under. It provides an opportunity for little ones to splash and play, and increase their water confidence in a less-crowded environment. The program takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays, June 3 through August 5.

On Friday, June 24, the Folsom Aquatic Center will participate in the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson, an event that builds awareness about water safety. Tens of thousands of kids and adults at aquatic facilities around the world will unite to set a new Guinness World Record. The Folsom Aquatic Center will serve as an official host location facility for the event, providing free 30 minute lessons for 40 people. Participants must pre-register at 916-355-8318.

In addition, the Folsom Fire Department offers a Life Jacket Loaner Program, which provides Folsom residents free daily and weekend rental of life jackets for all ages of children and adults. In order to be loaned a life jacket, borrowers must sign a waiver form and provide a valid driver’s license. The free, loaner life jackets are available at the City of Folsom Fire Station 35 at 535 Glenn Drive. For more information, contact the City of Folsom Fire Department at 916-984-2280.

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities, and it’s important to follow these water safety tips:

  • Enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Establish water safety rules for your family and enforce them without fail.
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

National Water Safety Month is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. The event is celebrated by these organizations, participants, sponsors and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and aquatics business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials, aimed primarily at the public, and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries.

For more information about the Folsom Aquatic Center and City of Folsom swim lessons, visit www.folsom.ca.us/aquaticcenter or call 916-355-8318. For more information about The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson visit http://www.wlsl.org.