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April 5, 2016

Celebrate April Pools Day at Hamilton Aquatic Center on April 30

Help your kids build the skills needed to stay safe in and around water by attending April Pools Day from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at the Hamilton Aquatic Center, 3838 S. Arizona Ave. The event is part of the April Pools Day nationwide water safety initiative, which aims to educate children and their families about ways to stay safe in and around water.

The family friendly event will include free games and public swim, plus Aquatics staff will simulate a water rescue and provide CPR demonstrations and information on sun safety. In addition, parents can have City lifeguards swim test their children to help determine the appropriate swim class for their child. Swim tests will be given from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Teaching children to swim can reduce the drowning risk dramatically. A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine found that participation in formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children, ages one to four years. 

“Drownings are preventable,” said Chris Smith, Aquatic Coordinator at the Hamilton Aquatic Center. “We hope this event will help educate the community and increase awareness heading into the summer months.” 

There were three drownings and six near drownings in Chandler last year. Countywide in 2015, 158 people were transported to a hospital because of a water-related incident, according to the Children's Safety Zone, an organization that tracks drowning statistics in Arizona. As for deaths, 46 drowning deaths occurred in 2015, down slightly from 53 the previous year. 

Chandler’s Aquatics Division offers swim lessons throughout the year at its pools and aquatic centers, including lessons for children as young as six months. For infants, parents accompany the child in the water and learn techniques to help teach their child water acquaintance safety skills, such as floating on their back, grabbing the wall and holding their breath.

However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision is required when children are in the water, as well as barriers, such as pool fencing, to prevent unsupervised access.
 
For more information, call 480-782-2750. For information about Chandler’s swim lessons and programs, visit www.chandleraz.gov/aquatics. For water safety tips and drowning prevention information, visit the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department website at www.chandleraz.gov/fire.