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Kids learn water safety at Castaic Lake

Posted: September 15, 2010 3:36 p.m.
Updated: September 15, 2010 3:36 p.m.

SAFE Ambassadors swam across Castaic Lower Lake on Saturday, Sept. 11.

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Academy Swim Club's Aquatic SAFE (Safety & Family Education) Ambassadors swam across Castaic Lower Lake on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The SAFE Ambassadors, all children, ages 7-13 years old, made their first open water swim to raise awareness of drowning and water safety, and to build their own swimming confidence.

They started the swim at the east launch ramp, under the lifeguard direction and watch of Eric Reifman and Ralph Searcy, who gave them a few open water swim hints and instructions before their swim. Upon reaching the opposite shoreline, all of the children were very proud of themselves.

The SAFE Ambassador Program is a year-long commitment, beginning and culminating in April, wherein they meet once per week for swimming skill improvement, public speaking exercises, and water safety education. In March 2011, they will go into kindergarten and preschool classes and teach other children about water safety.

Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children 5 and younger in the state of California. Drowning is completely preventable by educating children and their parents about water safety, supervision around water, barriers around water, and the importance of learning CPR.

Every year there are drownings in Santa Clarita, and Academy Swim Club and their SAFE Ambassadors are dedicated to doing everything they can to prevent these tragedies.

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