This time of year in Central Texas is a glorious time for families to have fun in the water, whether at pools in neighborhoods, backyards, parks or gyms; springs, rivers or lakes; water parks; or even the Gulf of Mexico, only three hours away.
Before you dip your toes into whatever body of water you choose, practice these rules for water safety we compiled using experts from the YMCA, City of Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department, Colin’s Hope, Safe Kids Austin, the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Since 2000, the Austin American-Statesman has raised money to provide swimming lessons for children who couldn’t afford it through its Swim Safe for Austin Kids program. Lesson are given by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department and area YMCAs.
Last year reader donations helped almost 800 kids learn to swim. A $35 donation pays for a new swimmer’s lessons.
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