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Baskin Elementary students receive free water safety lessons

May is National Water Safety Month

The South Texas Association of Pool and Spa Professionals are offering free water safety lessons for some area children.

It's no coincidence that National Water Safety Month falls during a time of year when kids and adults are heading to pools and lakes to cool off and splash around under the sun.

In order the help keep kids safe, the South Texas Association of Pool and Spa Professionals are offering free water safety lessons for some area children.

On Tuesday morning, 140 students from Baskin Elementary were taken to the Braundera Family YMCA to learn about water safety from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the San Antonio Fire Department.

A special guest speaker was Laura Sogar, 2013 NCAA swimming champion and Olympic hopeful.

"Our biggest thing that we're trying to get across is water safety, because drowning is a leading cause of death, especially among young children," said Sogar. 

Although Tuesday's lesson was on dry land, students will also be granted scholarships for free swim lessons over the summer.

The lessons will cater to all levels of swimmers.

Just the idea of two weeks of swim lessons had many students ready to dive in.

"I hope to swim faster and maybe possibly find better ways to swim," said Sebastian Tenorio, a 4th-grade Baskin Elementary student.

It's a skill that will help kids stay safer for a lifetime.           

For more information about city pools and swim lessons, visit the city's website or call 207-3299.

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