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Boys and girls are taught to swim by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Various levels of courses are offered for children and adults, plus Parent & Tots (ages 2-5). For more information contact the pool of your interest. To register for the Learn to Swim Program call your nearest pool for more information. Program runs during the summer months.
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes children and adults with disabilities in its swimming programs. If you need accommodation to participate, call 305-755-7848 (V/TDD).
Pool Safety PSA
Water Safety Tips
Water Safety Tips from our friends at the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
- Teach children water safety and swimming skills as early as possible.
- Always brief babysitters on water safety, emphasizing the need for constant supervision.
- Appoint a “designated watcher” to monitor children during social gatherings at or near pools.
- Equip doors and windows that exit to a pool area with alarms.
- Install a poolside phone, preferably a cordless model, with emergency numbers programmed into speed-dial.
- Post CPR instructions and learn the procedures.
- Keep rescue equipment poolside. Don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive because you will lose valuable life-saving seconds. Four to six minutes without oxygen can cause permanent brain damage or death.
- Keep a first aid kit at poolside.
Check your pool for electrical problems
Summer’s almost here and now is the time to have your pool checked by an electrician. Swimming safety isn’t just about knowing how to swim, it includes ensuring your pool is safe.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Red Cross together are recommending electrical inspections for all public and private pools, especially older pools. Take precautions now to ensure your pool doesn’t pose a risk for electrocution.
The Parks Foundation through the support of donors and corporate partners, provides learn-to-swim scholarships for eligible children in Miami-Dade County.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:18:29 AM
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