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Advertiser Highline Athletic Club Wants You To Know About Water Safety

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Water safety is extremely important year round, but especially in the summer months. B-Town Blog Advertiser Highline Athletic Club wants parents to understand the importance of swim lessons for our children, as well as adults. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded by water and getting in the water seems natural.

Children will experience water while on a boat, in a river, lake, ocean or pool. Each has very different conditions and requires unique responses. Pools contain clear, clean, heated water with established depths and boundaries, often with lifeguards on duty. Lake and ocean swimming require a greater degree of swimming knowledge because of the lack of controls – you swim in true wilderness when outdoors. These have a thermocline – a cold water channel that is about 5 – 7 feet from the surface of the water. This water is cold and dense – never dive into this layer of water. Parents with children old enough to swim in deep water should explain this cold layer of water. Have your child go feet first – with you – by sculling with hands, and feel the cold water with the tips of the toes. Alerting your child to this layer could save his/her life.

Rivers and oceans have currents. Today, there is a heightened water level in our rivers due to an unusual amount of rainfall. There has been a new law that went into effect this month – everyone in an unincorporated King County River with a current, must wear a life vest (PFD – personal flotation device).

Swim lessons prepare your children for fun in pools, rivers, lakes and oceans. Swim lessons are available by B-Town Blog Advertiser, Highline Athletic Club for members and non-members. Children who learn the basic swim and safety skills succeed at that level and progress to the next. Classes are available for each level of swimmer, from beginner to advanced with parent/tot classes as well. Prepare your child for fun, safe times in the water this summer, and sign up for swim lessons at the Highline Athletic Club.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced youth swim and Mom/Pop/Tot classes begin June28, Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks (six ½ hour lessons). Class size is limited for individual attention. If you have questions about lessons, please email Teresa Matthews, our Aquatic Director at [email protected]

Register by calling HAC at 206-246-9000.

For more info, visit www.highlineathleticclub.com.

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