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Learning to swim in South Florida is a must. Some Palm Beach County families can’t afford swim lessons for their children, though. That’s why the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Volunteer Association have teamed up to get those children swim lessons through the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County. You can be part of this potentially life-saving effort.

Every year, the Drowning Prevention Coalition distributes $50 vouchers to families that are good for 6-8 swimming lessons at about 20 Palm Beach County pools. The demand far exceeds the supply. Working together, Children’s Services Council and Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue Volunteer Association have developed a plan to increase the number of vouchers distributed. For every dollar donated by businesses for swim lesson vouchers, Children’s Services Council will match — up to $50,000.

That could means swimming lessons for up to 2,000 Palm Beach County children. That’s a lot of children, who otherwise may never learn to swim.

 

Donate now!

To donate please click the PayPal button below or contact Jon Burstein, communications specialist with Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, at either 561.374.7616 or jon.burstein@cscpbc.org. All checks should be made payable to the Palm Beach County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association Inc. Checks can be mailed to Palm Beach County Volunteer Fire-Rescue Association, 405 Pike Road, West Palm Beach, FL, 33411. 

 

 

Please click here to view a list of individuals and businesses who have contributed funds matched by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County!

 

Swimming Safety Tips

Click here to get a map of local area pools offering swim lessons.

Here are some tips to consider when your children go swimming, whether it’s at the pool or in open water. Safe Kids Worldwide recommends:

  • Always supervise children in and around water and whenever infants or toddlers are in water, an adult should be less than an arm’s length away.
  • If there is a group of adults around, designate one as the Water Watcher for a specific period of time.
  • You can start getting children acquainted with water when they are about six months old. Always remember to have them in waterproof diapers.
  • Teach children never to go near water without an adult present.
  • Your children need to learn how to tread water, float and stay by the shore. Enroll your children in swimming classes when you think they are ready.
  • Remember swim aids are toys and should never take the place of flotation devices.
  • Learn CPR!

For more information on how to enroll a child in swimming classes, please click here to visit the website of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County.

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