Created: 04/14/2012 6:17 PM
By: Mitch Pittman

In a pool at a Brooklyn Park apartment complex on Saturday morning, kids and parents took part in the very first water safety class put on by Twin Cities Metro Water Safety Task Force.

Last year in Hennepin County alone, there were a record 19 drownings and 21 near-drownings.

Now, before swimming pool season, especially in apartment complexes, they're teaching people to recognize the signs early and know how to react.

"A lot of people think it's, 'Help, help, help, I'm drowning!'" said John Foss of Foss Swim School, who led the session. "That's not part of a drowning, because it's all when the face looks up, that's the critical error that's made."

There will be more events like this in Brooklyn Center on the 19th, and in Plymouth on the 28th.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

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