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Swim Lessons Teach Water Safety

swimming lesson picEUGENE, Ore. — More than 7,000 people each year drown, and drowning is the leading cause of death and injury of children under the age of 5.

It’s reason enough to consider swim lessons for your child.

According to the National Safety Council, most drownings happen in backyard pools, and an adult was usually nearby but not watching.

On Sunday, a boy nearly drowned at a Tualatin swim club. He was given CPR and is expected to survive.

At Amazon Pool in Eugene, lessons are more than simply learning how to swim.

“We actually revamped our program about two years ago and made it so that we are gearing our lessons towards water safety,” said swim instructor Megan Simmonds.

“As they get more and more comfortable and able to swim and I feel better about taking them places like to the lake or something like that,” said parent Nicole Eustice.

Prices vary. Eight swim lessons at Amazon will cost you $40.

The next session begins July 7.

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