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Free Swim Lessons Available for Toddlers, Parents in Las Vegas

Clark County Parks and Recreation, with a grant from the International Code Council Chapter, will offer free swim lessons to children ages 4 and younger during the Clark County School District’s spring break March 29 through April 2 at the Desert Breeze and Cora Coleman pools located at 8275 W. Spring Mountain Road and 2100 Bonnie Lane, respectively. Two classes are available including Aqua Tots for ages 6 months to 2 years and Aqua Kids for ages 3 to 4 years. Walk-in is currently underway at both locations. Online registration can be completed online at www.accessclarkcounty.com/parks.

During Aqua Tots, parents will learn to assist their children in developing swimming skills such as the front and back floats and kicking, arm movement and underwater exploration. Participants also will learn basic safety rules for being in and around the water, including proper supervision, proper lifejacket safety, recreational waterborne illnesses/healthy swimming, CPR and first aid basics and sun safety. The course is designed to assist parents in keeping their children safe while engaged in water activities. An adult must be in the water at all times during the course.

The Aqua Kids students will learn basic water and safety skills such as back and front floats, kicking on front and back, arm movement, underwater exploration, bobbing to safety and basic water treading movement. Participants also will learn some basic safety rules for being in and around the water. Safety topics include recognizing the lifeguard in an emergency, calling for help, proper lifejacket safety and sun safety. On the second day of class, parents are required to attend a water safety discussion on deck while children participate in water activities.

Those interested in the classes can call Desert Breeze Aquatics at 455-7798, option 2. Additional information and registration can be found online or at any Clark County Parks and Recreation center. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook by visiting http://tinyurl.com/l87c4l.