Lacamas Athletic Club offers free water safety class for youth

New, monthly class works to prepare young swimmers for summer season  

CAMAS — Lacamas Athletic Club, (LAC), is now offering a free monthly water safety and swimming class for children 7 years and older.

 

The 45-minute classes are aimed at reducing the number of water-related deaths and injuries every year, says General Manager Nathan Murphy.

Lacamas Athletic Club in Camas. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Lacamas Athletic Club in Camas. Photo by Jacob Granneman

 

“Our hope is that the kids will learn some basic water safety skills before the summer swim season get here,” Murphy said in an email. “Swimmers will receive a report card at the end showing their current skills and a recommended level to continue on for swim lessons.”  

 

Roughly 4,000 people drown in the U.S. each year, with an average of 25 in Washington state, according to Clark County Public Works.

 

Murphy said numbers like those are his motivation for offering the class, taught by owner and aquatics director Denise Croucher.

Lacamas Athletic Club offers a wide range of programs for swimming, running, weight lifting, yoga, and more. A few programs, including the children's water safety class. Photo by Jacob Granneman
Lacamas Athletic Club offers a wide range of programs for swimming, running, weight lifting, yoga, and more. A few programs, including the children’s water safety class. Photo by Jacob Granneman

 

The skills taught to the students are based on training recommended by the American Red Cross. The students are then placed into groups for a short swim lesson.

 

“We already offer year round swim lessons, but this is a free option that will allow anyone in the community to participate,” Murphy said.

 

The first class was held on Sat., Jan. 26, and was for children 6 years and younger. Upcoming classes will be on Feb. 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, and June 22.  

Future class dates are tentative, but updates can be found on the LAC website.

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Jacob Granneman is a filmmaker and writer from Clark County. He is a recent graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College, where he studied media production. He has produced documentary stories all over the Pacific Northwest and in Argentina. His passions range from loving people, to cinematography, to going on adventures in the most beautiful place on earth, i.e. his backyard. He lives with his wife in Vancouver, WA.

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