In conjunction with drowning prevention efforts this spring, Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick and the Department of Parks and Recreation received a grant on behalf of the County Commission at Tuesday’s BCC meeting. of the Southern Nevada Chapter of the International Code Council (SNICC) to provide free swimming lessons for toddlers.
SNICC is donating a total of $17,500 to seven local entities to provide swimming lessons for children 4 and under. Clark County is receiving $2,500 along with other grant recipients including the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Mesquite and the Southern Nevada Drowning Prevention Coalition. Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in children under age 4 in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District. In 2021, there were 21 flooding incidents in southern Nevada, 81% of which involved children under 4 years old.
“Drowning is a year-round concern in southern Nevada, especially among young children,” Commissioner Kirkpatrick said. “We appreciate this grant from the Southern Nevada Chapter of the International Code Council because it allows us to provide free swimming lessons to families who may not be able to afford them.”
Swimming lessons are offered year-round at the Clark County Aquatic Springs indoor pool and the Desert Breeze and Hollywood aquatic centers. Classes are available for children as young as 6 months old through to adults, with programs and times varying at each location. The Toddler Swim Bursary Program is offered free of charge at various facilities while funds are exhausted. The public can register for swim lessons online through the county parks and recreation department’s pool/aquatic registration pages: https://bit.ly/2V6dQHa.
Registration for the first session of summer swimming lessons will open on Thursday, May 26. Clark County operates 15 aquatic facilities, including pools in Indian Springs, Laughlin, Logandale and Overton. The seasonal pools are open to the public in May (Memorial Day weekend), June, July, and August. County pools and aquatic facilities are recruiting to hire part-time lifeguards, water safety instructors and other staff for summer jobs. Interested applicants must be 15 ½ years and older. For more information, call (702) 455-1708. The public is reminded of the following key steps to prevent drowning:
1. Patrol – Always designate an adult Water Watcher to actively supervise children in water, including swimming pools, bathtubs or other bodies of water. The public can download the Water Watcher Pledge Cards from the Health District’s website drowning prevention page at https://tinyurl.com/3yyz87zz. Commitment cards are also available at county aquatic facilities.
2. Protect – Install barriers between your home and your pool to provide security, including fences, door alarms, locks and spa safety covers. Lock dog doors, kids can’t crawl through.
3. Prepare – Create a water safety plan for your family. Enroll children in swimming lessons, take CPR classes for adults, and outfit your pool with proper safety gear, including life jackets, personal flotation devices, and rescue tools. In an emergency, have a phone nearby to dial 9-1-1.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing superior service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the 11and-the largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors per year (2019). Included are the 7 of the nationand– Busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the largest public hospital in the state, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million people in the unincorporated area. These include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.