Pleasanton Weekly

Sports - May 21, 2010

Free swim lessons offered at academy

Knowing how to swim 'can save a life'

by Jeb Bing

The American Swim Academy is celebrating National Water Safety Month by offering a free swim class to anyone wanting to learn. Classes are open at the academy's facility in Dublin at 6948 Sierra Ct., and at its locations in Fremont, Newark and Livermore.

"With summer quickly approaching, now is the best time to begin water safety instruction," said Matt Alberti, owner of the academy." We are hoping that the free class will encourage new or apprehensive students to try it out. Water safety and learning to swim are crucial. There are many sports and activities for children, but swimming is the only one that can save a life."

Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children under 4 years old. The National Institute of Health recently reported that providing very young children with swimming lessons appears to have a protective effect against drowning and does not increase a child's risk of drowning. Children even as young as 6 months of age are able to learn how to hold his or her breath under water and keep afloat until able to reach a safe place.

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