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      YMCA offers free water safety class for kids

      The YMCA of Greater Toledo is offering a free water safety class for kids from June 11-15.

      According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), pool and spa drownings involving children in the US decreased for the summer of 2010. Although there were fewer swimming pool drownings in 2010, that's little consolation for the families of the children lost. The average number of children lost is close to 200 per season.

      To help children and parents be safer in and around the water, the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo is offering Splash, a free program that teaches water safety and basic swimming skills.

      Splash is a FREE, week-long program for beginner swimmers ages 6-months to 12-years of age that will be held from June 11-15 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each half-hour class includes water safety and basic swimming skills instruction, character development activities and parent information.

      "This is an issue that impacts our community," said Todd Tibbits, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Toledo. "Splash creates water-safety awareness. We want our children and parents who have participated in Splash over the past 14 years to be safe, and why we share with our community important water-safety skills that they can use for the rest of their lives."