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Free Make-A-Splash Water Safety Classes Being Held This Week

Indianapolis Parks and Recreation offers aquatic facilities all over town, but what fun is a pool if you don’t know how to stay safe in the water? This week only, all Indy Parks facilities will be offering a water safety class free for area residents. This class is available to all ages, and is appropriate for swimmers and non-swimmers alike.

water-fountains-sahm-parkThese classes are offered through a partnership with USA Swimming, the organization behind the Olympic team. USA Swimming’s Make-a-Splash initiative offers water safety classes to urban populations to educate everyone on water safety. The thirty minute class will teach water safety basics, to help ensure everyone has a safe summer. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 14. Make-a-Splash classes can give children and parents alike the skills needed to have a safe, fun day at the pool.

After the thirty minute class, all participants will receive free admission at the class site for the rest of the day. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a favorite neighborhood pool or explore a new one, while teaching the family stay safe near the water as well.

sahm-slide-fcfIndy Parks offers 20 staffed aquatic centers, all of which are open for business. Residents can register for traditional swimming lessons and swim team opportunities at www.Indy.gov. Facility hours and regular admission fees are also listed on the website. Indy Parks outdoor pools are open through Sunday, August 3, 2014. After that, residents will still be able to enjoy the indoor facilities at Indy Island, Krannert, Thatcher, and LaShonna Bates.

Poolside class starting at 11am on June 16th – 19th 2014:

Poolside class starting at Noon June 16th – June 19th 2014:

  • Bethel
  • Brookside
  • Douglass
  • Gustafson
  • Krannert
  • Riverside
  • Thatcher
  • Willard Park
  •  Indy Island

The presentation at Rhodius Park will begin at 1 p.m. each of the four days.