Two-week swim lessons offered for $50 at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 17:11:26-04

The weather is perfect for swimming, but it's critical to remember the importance water safety!

Dozens of folks took part in the World's Largest Swim Lesson at the Wayne County Family Aquatic Center.

13-year-old Alexis Rivers wants to help children learn how to swim when she grows up.

"Maybe I would like to teach other people how to swim one day," she said. "Like don't be afraid like it's going to be okay."

She doesn't know how to swim, yet her confidence to learn helps her stay afloat.

"I could do anything possible."

The Wayne County Family Aquatic Center hosts the World's Largest Swim Lesson, helping folks get their "feet wet" when it comes to pool safety.

It is a 24-hour global event where swim lessons take place in more than 20 countries.

Andrew Kandrevas, the Interim Deputy Director of Department of Public Services for Wayne County, explained, "To teach children and adults how to swim and also spread the word about water safety and pool safety for the summer."

Research shows swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children ages one to 4.

Stephana Rombu is the the head Lifeguard.

"If you don't learn how to swim by third grade more than likely you won't even learn how to swim after that," Rombu explained. "If a parent is scared of the water usually they don't allow their children to be near the water so that turns out to be them scared of the water as well."

As Alexis learns to jump in the deep end she has this advice, "Don't think about nothing negative. Always stay positive."

The center offers two-week swim lesson packages over the summer for $50.

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