School's out, and South Florida kids want some safe fun in the sun by taking a dip in the pool or a having a splash at the beach.
Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the country. Ten people drown every day and of those, two are age 14 or younger, according to the CDC.
On June 10, Olympic skier Bode Miller's 19-month-old daughter, Emeline Grier Miller, died after she fell into a pool and was unable to keep herself afloat.
And in Miami-Dade County, three children ages 5 and under drowned in 2017, according to Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Public Records. Already this year, three youngsters in the same age range have already drowned.
Throughout the county, there are many options for teaching children how to swim.
Miami Beach Parks and Recreations is hosting free Learn to Swim classes throughout the summer. Lessons for kids ranging from 6 months to 2 years are being given at Flamingo Park Pool, 999 11th St. and at Normandy Isle Pool, 7030 Trouville Esplanade.
Five free classes are being offered in three summer series, beginning June 30, July 28 and Aug. 25. Classes take place 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Registration begins Monday, June 25.
Classes for ages 6 months to 5 years will also be given 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 4 to Nov. 30; and from March 5 to May 30, 2019.
These lessons will be at Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Ave., and are only available to Miami Beach residents.
Adults must accompany children during all lessons and the kids need to wear swim diapers.
For more information about Miami Beach swim programs, call 305-673-7730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not a Miami Beach resident? Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreations has Learn2Swim lessons at 15 pool location across the county, prices ranging from $10 to $60 per session. For more information, including a list of pools and contacts, visit https://hrld.us/2K1TZmx.