El Monte, CA — The City of El Monte's Aquatic Center was recently recognized by the American Red Cross as being one of its top five partner facilities to teach students how to swim in 2013. The El Monte Aquatic Center had more than 5,700 participants sign up for Learn-to-Swim Lesson Program to date this year.
"We are so proud of our aquatic programs offered through the El Monte Parks and Recreation department," said Mayor Andre Quintero. "Learning how to swim saves lives, and we hope all families in our community take advantage of these fantastic swim programs in El Monte."
The Red Cross has made it a priority to teach swimming skills because drowning is a leading cause of death among children in this country.
A U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report issued in May revealed that children younger than age 5 represent about 76 percent of pool and spa drowning deaths and 78 percent of pool and spa injuries treated in emergency rooms in the United States. Government data also shows that African-American and Hispanic children between the ages of 5 and 14 are at a high risk of drowning.
Other facilities recognized by the Red Cross include: New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Chicago Park District, Dearborn Public Schools and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District.
The El Monte Aquatic Center offers Learn-to-Swim classes year-round for those of all ages. Additional programs offered at the Aquatic Center year-round include: private lessons, lap swim, senior swim, USA Sharks aquatics club, Aeroquatics (land and water aerobics), USA Arrow dive club, private pool rentals, and various conference rooms available for corporate meetings or social functions. All pools are heated and staff members are certified through the American Red Cross.
Registration for winter Learn-to-Swim Programs will begin on Monday, November 18 for classes beginning the week of December 2. For more information regarding El Monte Aquatic Programs, please contact (626) 580-2213.
[The City of El Monte, located in Southern California, is committed to improving the quality of life for its citizens and strives to provide its community personalized service, uncompromising commitment, and individualized accountability. For information on the City of El Monte, please call 626-580-2001 or visit www.elmonteca.gov.]