Red Cross offers water safety classes in Georgetown

Georgetown, SC - GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) - A partnership between the American Red Cross and Georgetown Hospital System's HealthPoint Center for Health and Fitness will be giving area residents the opportunity to participate in a series of water safety classes.

Officials have announced the classes will take place on April 27 and April 29 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The two organizations first paired up to provide a similar program last year following the Feb. 18 boating accident in Sandy Island that killed three people.

The two agencies hope to make the free water safety training available annually to help educate residents about water safety and the importance of learning to swim.

The program will consist of classroom lectures and in-pool safety techniques, covering topics such as risks of drowning, general water safety, how to properly wear a life jacket, rescue breathing/CPR, and emergency action steps.

The class is intended for people ages 9 and older. Registration is free, but class space is limited to 40 people and all participants should bring a bathing suit. To register, call the Red Cross at 477-0020 or 546-5422.

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