Healthy Choices

California Family Fitness holds safe swimming workshops

Parents concerned about water safety can bring their little swimmers to the Splish Splash Water Safety Bash at California Family Fitness this weekend. The free event, to be held in Natomas on Friday and Rocklin on Saturday, aims to teach basic drowning prevention skills to families.

About 20 percent of people who die from drowning are children under age 14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among children ages 1 to 4, drowning is the cause of 30 percent of unintentional injury deaths.

The fatal drowning rate of African American children ages 5 to 14 is almost three times that of white children the same age, the CDC reports. The disparity is most prevalent in swimming pools, where African American children die at 5.5 times the rate of white children.

“Children by nature are curious about water, but unfortunately there are dangers that exist wherever water is present,” said Becky Cerniglia, aquatics director for California Family Fitness, in a release. “Our goal in hosting these workshops is to provide our members and the community with the resources and tools to practice water safety when swimming this summer.”

California Family Fitness staff will provide free swim assessments and water safety tips, including how to eliminate distractions in the pool area, how to establish pool rules, where to enroll in swim lessons and how to choose safe flotation devices. There will also be free swim time, face painting and other activities.

Call The Bee’s Sammy Caiola, (916) 321-1636.

Water Safety Bash with California Family Fitness

What: Free swim assessment, water safety tips, activities for families

When: Friday, May 1, at 5:30 p.m., California Family Fitness Natomas Club, 3880 Innovator Drive, Sacramento; Saturday, May 2, at 11:00 a.m., California Family Fitness Rocklin Club, 2165 Sunset Blvd., Rocklin

Cost: Free