Dozens of Chippewa Valley kids learn the importance of water safety

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Eau Claire (WQOW) —  Dozens of kids made a splash into summer on Saturday, while learning how to do it safely.

The first ever Community Water Safety Day took place at Fairfax Pool in Eau Claire. Thirty volunteers, including language interpreters for some families, prepared kids for swim lessons with safety tips and some fun.

Community member Sandy Aryes said that there is a big need for events like this in the area.

“Families and kids are here to learn some basic water safety procedures and find comfort with the water, with the hopes that this will increase swimming lessons for kids in our community,” Aryes said.

Kids also learned how to help a swimmer in distress and the importance of wearing a life jacket. They also got to take home a free life jacket provided by the Eau Claire Water Safety Task Force.

Organizers hope to continue this event every year, while also spreading awareness about the importance of safe swimming.

Carly Swisher

Carly Swisher

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