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How to celebrate National Learn to Swim Day in Chicago

Register for swim classes and brush up on water safety through the annual National Learn to Swim Day on May 17, 2014.
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Are you and your kids ready to spend summer at the pool? Through National Learn to Swim Day on May 17, 2014, you and your family can sign up for swim classes and learn basic water safety tips in the Chicago area.

Although beaches in Chicago will not be open for swimming until May 23, 2014, you and your family can still register for swim classes through the Chicago Park District and many suburban park districts for this summer.

Use the day to review basic water safety with your family and to ensure your backyard pool is secured by using tips from The American Red Cross.

Adults can learn how to swim, too. In the Chicago area, adults can register for classes through a number of organizations, including the YMCA of Metro Chicago, Northwestern University’s Department of Athletics and Recreation, and the Schaumburg Park District.

Founded by SwimWays in 2012, National Learn to Swim Day emphasizes the importance of learning how to swim and brings awareness to water safety. The event’s official website also has a section on water safety basics, including how to stay safe in a pool or hot tub.

You can also use National Learn to Swim Day to promote water safety with an organization. For example, you and your child can organize a group water safety class with your child’s after-school club.