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Family water safety program moves online

Posted May 22, 2020

firemen give lifejackets to children by a pool
The Fort Worth Fire Department partners with the Drowning Prevention Coalition to ensure young swimmers are fitted with lifejackets.

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition (FWDPC) has moved its lifesaving in-person pool safety education program from the water to the web.

Launching May 26, Swim Safe at Home is a free online program that introduces children ages 3-12 to critical water safety concepts through live interactive, family-friendly sessions hosted on Zoom.com.

There will be three Swim Safe at Home sessions this summer: May 26-June 11 and on yet-to-be-determined dates later in June and July. Each session includes six 30-minute classes streamed live on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for three weeks. The sessions are free, but participants must register in advance to receive class access links along with downloadable activities for each class.

Upon completion of the six-class session, registered participants will receive a free lifejacket, an award certificate and a water safety resource bag which will be available for local pickup after each session.

“When public pools and summer camps closed because of COVID-19, we were immediately concerned that more kids would be at risk in the water than ever before,” said James Fike, FWDPC president. “Drowning is 100% preventable, and it’s our group’s mission to empower our community to prevent this needless tragedy.

“Last summer, more than 400 families participated in our summer water safety program. When we realized we wouldn’t be able to hold the program this summer as usual, we created and launched this free online alternative so we could continue sharing critical lifesaving water safety information with kids and families,” Fike said.

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