The City of Nampa and the American Red Cross want to teach your kids how to swim before summer time!

Summer is coming and pools, lakes and the Boise river are all tempting ways to spend it. Unfortunately, a lot of kids in the Treasure Valley don't know how to swim. Did you know you can teach your kids to swim while they're still really young? The City of Nampa and the American Red Cross have made it real easy. Here's what they have posted on the City Of Nampa's website:

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim NRC swim lessons meet American Red Cross curriculum standards and all instructors are certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. To view class descriptions, visit the “Aquatics” page on our website or stop by the Rec Center.

These courses will be available Mondays and Wednesdays from April 5th-28th.

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Life Guard Training may also be helpful this summer as the pools open up; the Treasure Valley YMCA have multiple pools, including a brand new aquatics center at the South Meridian YMCA. New season, new job, and a rewarding one at that! Here's what the City Of Nampa's Red Cross training event invite says:

Red Cross Lifeguard Training This course is designed for experienced swimmers ages 15 and older that want to become Red Cross Lifeguards. Lifeguard, CPR and First Aid certifications are awarded upon successful completion of the course. Course prerequisites are: 300-yard swim using front crawl and breaststroke, retrieval of a 10-pound brick from 7ft of water and two minutes of treading water with no hands. If you are unsure whether you can complete the prerequisites, sign up for a skills evaluation.

Water safety is often overlooked, though extremely important. Due your part to keep yourself and others safe at the pool, lake or river this summer.

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