As a leader in drowning prevention, the YMCA of the Suncoast is joining forces with the Juvenile Welfare Board to offer free water safety lessons from May until August.

Thanks to generous supporters, the Safety Around Water program is free and open to all beginners aged 3 to 12 years old, and non-swimmers in the community. During the 4-day course, certified instructors teach kids a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water.

Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. A YMCA membership is not required; however, due to limited space, pre-registration is required.

The Citrus Memorial Health Foundation YMCA will offer the lessons June 3-7 and Aug. 5-9.

For more information, call the YMCA at 352-500-9622.

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