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South Florida Targeted By Red Cross For Anti-Drowning Campaign

 
South Florida Targeted By Red Cross For Anti-Drowning Campaign
Posted May 20th, 2014 @ 4:00am

The South Florida area is targeted by the American Red Cross as the organization kicks off its big anti-drowning campaign.

Cynthia Gutierrez White with the local branch says the goal is to reduce drowning rates by 50 percent in 50 communities across South Florida.

The majority of Americans surveyed expect to participate in water-related activities this summer, but many will be in places with no lifeguard.

The Red Cross's survey also reveals just 2 percent of adults and only 20 percent of children will take swimming lessons this summer.

Thirty percent of non-swimming adults say fear still keeps them from learning to swim.

The Red Cross offers classes all over the South Florida area -- some of them are even free.

The organization is encouraging everyone to check out the schedules and take lessons in order to reduce the risk of drowning.

Visit the Red Cross website here, and enter your ZIP code to find the classes nearest you.

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