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San Diego Portable Pool program teaching kids water safety

Posted at 9:21 AM, Jun 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-16 12:21:55-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego is bringing back its Portable Pool program to help teach children water safety skills.

The program will officially open at City Heights Recreation Center starting June 17. While pools are installed, the city will provide free, week-long water safety skills classed for children ages 3 through 15.

According to the city, the classes can accommodate as many as 100 children per week with six to 10 children in each class.

“Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children ages one to 14 and is the leading cause of accidental injury death for children ages one to four years old,” said Nicole McNeil, Supervising Recreation Specialist for the City’s Aquatics Program. “The City is offering these important free classes to help young children learn basic swimming skills to keep them safe around pools and prevent unnecessary drowning tragedies.”

An additional portable pool will be installed at the Robert Egger Sr./South Bay Recreation Center starting July 1. The portable pools will be in place for three weeks before being moved to facilities in Paradise Hills, Linda Vista and Ocean Beach recreational centers.

Registration for Portable Pools is on a first-come, first-served basis. To enroll, parents must fill out an ActiveNet form and return it to the recreation center where the portable pool is located.

The program was created in 1968 and provides water safety training to children who don’t live near the city’s 13 municipal pools.

Click here for more information or to fill out the enrollment form.