San Diego’s summer portable pool program began this week, with the pool’s first stop at the City Heights Recreation Center.
The pool will remain at City Heights and four other local recreations for three weeks apiece through the summer months, according to the local Fox affiliate. At each stop, the city provides weeklong water safety classes to kids ages 315. The city says it can accommodate up to 100 children per week at each facility.
San Diego’s portable pool program was launched back in 1968 to prevent children from drowning and offer water safety training to residents who may not live close enough to one of the city’s 13 public pools to take swimming lessons there.
“Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in children ages one to 14 and is the leading cause of accidental injury death for children ages one to four years old,” said Nicole McNeil, the supervising recreation specialist for the city’s aquatics program. “The city is offering these important free classes to help young children learn basic swimming skills to keep them safe around pools and prevent unnecessary drowning tragedies."
Parents can enroll their kids in the program online.