Water-safety challenge meant to help preventing drownings

The public is invited to take part in the Safer 3 Water Safety Challenge on Sunday, June 7 at the Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center.

The free community safety event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 29 Santa Barbara Drive, just off Golf and Glenwood Drive.

A collaboration among the Orange County Fire Authority, Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, Premier Aquatic Services and the City of Aliso Viejo, the event is designed to raise awareness of drowning prevention. The event comes after the Aliso Viejo City Council on June 3 is set to proclaim its participation in the Orange County Fire Authority’s “Drowning is Preventable: Never Swim Alone” campaign. Drowning is the leading cause of death and disability in California for kids under 5. Last year, 21 children under the age of 15 died from drownings in the state.

Because of these statistics, families are encouraged to take part in this inaugural Safer 3 Water Safety Challenge that will include a series of water-safety assessment skills, water-rescue techniques, emergency-response planning and CPR training.

Parents and children will visit several stations throughout the event allowing them to assess their abilities and learn how to create a safer water experience. Activities will include jumping into the pool, recovering balance, returning to the side, exiting the pool, floating on the back, swimming distances and other activities.  The Orange County Fire Authority will have a sidewalk CPR station to teach basic CPR skills and encourage people to become certified.

No pre-registration is required. For more information, call 949-716-3333.

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