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The month of May is dedicated to education about water safety, and Governor Haslam has supported this initiative with an official proclamation. It helps bring attention to the fact that drowning is the third leading cause of injury-related death among children 19 years and under. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. The main factor that contributes to drowning is lack of swimming ability.

“Learning to swim at an early age is very important,” stated Aquatic Center Director Kari Matheney. “Children are much safer around water if they know water safety rules and the basics of swimming. It could save their life.”

The Aquatic Center staff will host water safety demonstrations and assist individuals and families with water safety issues on Monday, May 15 from 3:00 to 7:30 p.m. Children can participate in mini swim lessons to help determine at which swim level they should participate.

Lifeguards will be available to answer questions and discuss pool etiquette and safety.

If you or your child are interested in swimming lessons, please call 423-343-9758 or visit