Water Safety Awareness Saves Lives
The La Mirada City Council recognized May 2017 as Water Safety Awareness Month.
“With summer beginning soon and children spending more time at the beach and pool, water safety is an important issue,” says Community Services Director Lori Thompson. “Water safety education can truly help prevent accidents.”
Drowning remains the second leading cause of death for children ages 14 and under. Each year over 1,500 children die due to drowning, and many more suffer serious and permanent injuries. Research shows that teaching children to swim and follow water-safety rules greatly reduces drowning accidents.
“We offer year-round swim lessons for all ages and ability levels at Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center,” says Aquatics Supervisor Paul Castillo. “It is important to know water safety tips if you and your family are planning to be around water this summer.”
Splash! will host the World’s Largest Swim Lesson on Thursday, June 22 at 9 a.m. This free event is open to all ages and features a free swim lesson to spread the message “Swim Lessons Save Lives”. Following the lesson, participants age 13 and under will receive free admission to the Splash! Buccaneer Bay with a paid adult.
Splash! has partnered with JCMF Children’s Charities to educate children and adults about water safety through drowning prevention campaigns and early childhood water safety training. This summer, La Mirada residents of all ages will meet Josh the Otter, the ambassador of JCMF, who promotes water safety.
Here are some water safety tips to consider this summer:
- Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy.
- Never leave young children unattended near water.
- Establish water safety rules for your family and enforce them.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket.
To register for swim lessons, contact Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center at (562) 902-3191.