FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Micaela Doucette
DATE: April 22, 2015 PHONE: 760-839-4530
ESCONDIDO TAKES STEPS TO PREVENT DROWNING ACCIDENTS
The City of Escondido recognizes the month of May as “Drowning Prevention Month” in accordance with the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. Nationwide and in Escondido, May begins the swimming pool season. The main goal of “Drowning Prevention Month” is to raise awareness of the importance of making children and families water safe. Drowning is a preventable act that serves as the leading cause of accidental death for children under the age of four. In order to assure children are safe in and around water, the City’s Recreation Department provides the opportunity for children and adults to become water safe through over 260 Learn-to-Swim classes held at James A. Stone and Washington Park pools. Classes are taught by Aquatics staff who meet the American Red Cross and State of California requirements for Aquatics professionals.
In addition to the Learn-to-Swim classes, Escondido Recreation hosts Open Swim for the public at both James Stone and Washington Park pools for just $3 per person. Escondido Recreation Aquatics staff encourages people of all ages to practice their swimming techniques, beat the heat, spend time with their families, and have fun at Escondido pools.
Open Swim hours for the 2015 summer:
James A. Stone Pool - 131 West Woodward Ave
Begins June 19 through August 16
Fridays 3-7 pm and Sundays 12-4 pm
Washington Park Pool - 501 North Rose Street
Begins June 20 through August 16
Mondays - Thursdays 1-3pm
For more information about Learn-to-Swim classes or Open Swim, please call 760-839-4691 or visit the Recreation Department website at: www.recreation.escondido.org