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Water Safety Month
Lake County's Water Safety Advisory Committee, government agencies and private partners are hosting Water Safety Month in May. The events will offer free swimming and CPR demonstrations, life vest education, mock drowning exercises, swimming lesson registration, open swimming, exhibits, and more.

There will be one event hosted in South Lake County, at the Waterfront Park, 100 Third Street in Clermont. This event, sponsored by Swimming for Life, will take place on Saturday, May 14 from 10am to 1pm. The city of Clermont noted that the free event would feature a variety of demonstrations for the community, including a lifesaving demonstration in the water/beach area.

Each day in the United States, 10 people die from drowning, and two of those are children under the age of 14, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

"Florida has the highest drowning rate in the nation for children under the age of 14, which is why I am proud that Lake County is working to keep its citizens safe by hosting water safety events for the fifth consecutive year," stated Lake County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Sean Parks, who spearheaded the creation of the Water Safety Advisory Committee.

The committee meets quarterly and advises the Board of County Commissioners on issues related to water safety and drowning prevention.

Water Safety Month is hosted by the Water Safety Advisory Committee, in partnership with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, Lake County Schools, Lake EMS, Florida Department of Health in Lake County, Swimming for Life, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Department of Children and Families, Golden Triangle YMCA, and the cities of Tavares, Umatilla, Clermont, Leesburg, and Fruitland Park.

To find out more about Water Safety Month events in your area, contact your local event's recreation director.

Lake County partners promote water safety with
lifesaving demos and activities at Waterfront Park
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