Water safety class today at Mulcahy YMCA for first graders - Tucson News Now

Water safety class today at Mulcahy YMCA for first graders

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As summer inches closer, health officials are starting to warn about the drowning dangers that could come with combining kids and pools.

Happening today is a water safety event for first graders in Pima County, at the Mulcahy YMCA.  The building is quiet early this morning, but later on throughout the day it will be filled with almost 800 first graders learning how to be safe around the water.

It's a program to try to prevent drowning with some of our youngest; specifically reaching out to nine schools from under-served areas, who may not have access to any other kind of water education.  It is put on by the Tucson Medical Center and ‘Safe Kids Pima County.' 

The children will go inside the center and cycle through eight stations with different lessons, like messages about water rescue, open water, staying smart in the sun and doing the right thing around pools. 

So far this year in Arizona, there have been six deaths in water-related incidents.  The county is hoping to keep that number as low as possible, starting with the program this morning.

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