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Do you know how to stay safe around the water? What about how to keep your kids safe, or what to do in the event of an aquatic emergency?

May is National Water Safety Month, and the Kingsport Aquatic Center is here to teach you the tips and tricks you need to know to stay safe not just at its pools, but around any body of water you and your family visit.

“It’s so important to be familiar with basic water-safety skills, especially during summer months when people are more often in the water,” said Kari Matheney, director of the Kingsport Aquatic Center. “Learning to swim and the exposure to the water safety skills and messages that swimming lessons offer provide a lifelong foundation for drowning prevention.”

Join the KAC for International Water Safety Day on May 15, where staff will be on hand with free information and demonstrations on this vitally important topic. Visit from 4 to 7:20 p.m. for mini swim lessons, a movie on water safety and more!

International Water Safety Day schedule

  • 4-4:45 p.m. – Longfellow’s W.H.A.L.E. Tales – Legion Room
    • Movie on water safety
  • 5-5:20 p.m. – Backboarding Demo – Outdoor Leisure Pool
    • Lifeguard demo on spinal/head injuries
  • 5:30-5:50 p.m. – Mini Swim Lesson – Outdoor Leisure Pool
    • Free lesson & placement tests
  • 6-6:45 p.m. – Longfellow’s W.H.A.L.E Tales – Legion Room
    • Movie on water safety
  • 7-7:20 p.m. – Mini Swim Lesson – Indoor Warm Pool
    • Free lesson & placement tests

All year round, the Kingsport Aquatic Center is dedicated to water safety. This month, visit the KAC’s social media pages to learn some important tips about how to stay safe. Saving lives is easy if you practice water safety. This Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m. at the KAC, Vice Mayor Mike McIntire will officially declare May as Water Safety Month in Kingsport.

To learn more about the Kingsport Aquatic Center, please call 423-343-9758 or visit