Jones Center Offers Adult And Infant Swim Lessons

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- With summer just around the corner, swimming season is in full swing. However, water activities can be deadly for those who can't swim.

This year, the Jones Center will offer adult swim lessons for the first time.

About 44 percent of adults in the U.S. don't have basic water skills, according to a statistic from the American Red Cross. The CDC estimated that 10 people die from drowning every single day.

Meredith Cupp, Jones Center recreation coordinator, said they noticed that parents would bring their kids to the pool and either not get in, or they would stay in the shallow end.

"We want the whole family to be involved," Cupp said. "If more parents are learning how to swim, they can be in the pool with their kids and playing and getting to be together and sharing that experience."

The swim lessons are open to any adults who have little to no swimming experience. They're teaching basic breathing exercises, basic movement and stroke exercises, with the goal of helping adults feel more comfortable in the water.

There are around 10 adults per class, and there will be two sessions this summer.

The Jones Center also offers swim classes for infants, starting at 3 months old. There is still time to register for both adult and infant swim lessons.