NWPRD hosts water safety event

North Whidbey Park and Recreation District will hold its  second annual April Pools event from 2-5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at John Vanderzicht Pool.

The program is designed to educate the community about water safety and provides demonstrations of lifeguard and safety rescue, kayak rides, stand-up paddle board rides, sailing, swim Lessons and many other events.

Admission and hot dogs are free.

The evening will include prizes, games and a raffle for a life jacket.

Last year more than 100 youngsters attend.

Bill Patterson, NWPRD staff member and head coach of the North Whidbey Aquatic Club, said that NWPRD’s goal is to equip every child with the skills to be safe in the water.

“Considering we live on an island, completely surrounded by water, it simply makes sense that we would ensure the safety of our children this way," he said. "This is true, especially since drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 14.”

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