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Palm Coast offers Pool Safety Day

The Daytona Beach News-Journal logo The Daytona Beach News-Journal 5/22/2019 By Staff Report, The Daytona Beach News-Journal
a group of people riding on the back of a boat: Palm Coast Fire Department personnel and city staff members demonstrate a water rescue during a previous Pool Safety Day. This year's event is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 25. [Photo provided] © Photo provided/News-Journal/The Daytona Beach News-Journal/TNS Palm Coast Fire Department personnel and city staff members demonstrate a water rescue during a previous Pool Safety Day. This year's event is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, May 25. [Photo provided]

PALM COAST — May 30 is the last day of school for Flagler County students and many youngsters will be heading to the beach or local swimming pool to stay cool.

To help them stay safer in and around the water, the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Department is planning its annual Pool Safety Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25. The event is designed to teach the importance and seriousness of safety while having fun, according to a media release from the city.

Pool Safety Day will take place at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center, 339 Parkview Drive, and is open to all ages.

Florida is one of two states that lead the nation with at least 21 fatal child drownings last summer, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission and USA Swimming Foundation. About 10 people die every day from unintentional drowning and of these, two will be children age 14 or younger, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That's why it is important to recognize water danger to keep everyone safe while enjoying the beaches, parks, pools and anywhere that a body of water is present.

"Here at the Palm Coast Aquatics Center, safety is our number one priority," James Hirst, the city's aquatics supervisor, said in the release. "We find fun, interactive ways to get our safety messages across while ensuring the whole family is having an enjoyable time."

During the event, certified pool staff members will lead activities to teach safety in and around the pool. Activities will include pool games such as the key log roller and kayak races, mini learn-to-swim classes and water safety information. Participants also can observe water rescue demonstrations.

The fee is $1 for seniors and youth age 17 and under. It is $2 for adults.

The schedule is: 1:15-1:45 p.m., swim lessons for first 20 children; 1:45-2 p.m., beach safety; 2-2:30 p.m., log rolling; 2-2:15 p.m., Whale Tales activities; 2:45-3:15 p.m., kayak races/lifejacket safety; 3:30-4 p.m., demonstration of water rescue with Fire Department.

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