Water, water everywhere: Swimming lessons are critical


Usely Michel, a 13-year-old who couldn’t swim, got saved last month at a Deerfield Beach pool by Angel Rivera, an 11-year-old who could. A 14-year-old in Cooper City got revived by CPR Sunday after a house pool nearly claimed his life.

That’s why, last Wednesday, the stands surrounding Overtown’s Gibson Park Pool held 50 kids ready for the first of free swim lessons until the end of July, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Biscayne Bay. Drowning season’s upon us again.

“We’re here because there’s so much water to have fun in all over South Florida,” William Reich, former Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club president, told the kids. “Unless you have the skills you need to get in the water and be safe, you’re not going to be able to take advantage of that. That’s why you’re here today. And you’re going to be here all this week, all this month and all summer.”

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