LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The city of Laurel is kicking off the summer by teaching children and adults how to swim.
The Parks & Recreation Department is offering swimming lessons Monday through Friday at the Oak Park Pool beginning June 22.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. The city believes everyone needs to learn to be safe in the water and encourage parents to enroll their children in swimming lessons to help prevent drowning.
"The cost is $2, per lesson, per person, per day," said Oak Park Pool manager Alonzo Crosby, Jr. "We offer lessons in the morning. The advance classes we offer those first from 9 – 10 a.m. and the beginner classes from 10 – 11 a.m."
The Oak Park Pool is next to the Oak Park Elementary School, which is located at 1205 Queensburg Avenue in Laurel.
Crosby, Jr. said he has 45 years of swimming experience and training. He said he helps with the swimming lessons because he wants to help lower the drowning statistic.
Anyone who would like to take the swimming lessons can show up or call the Parks & Recreation at 601-428-6452 for more information. The pool is regularly open Monday – Saturday from 1 – 5 p.m.