RCC Celebrates National Water Safety Month

National effort aims to prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries
Apr 28, 2017

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RESTON, VA – Reston Community Center will celebrate National Water Safety Month with a month-long campaign in May to increase water safety awareness in the Reston community. RCC joins thousands of organizations across the country in this national effort to help children, parents and caregivers understand the risks associated with being around the water.

As a measure of our commitment to water safety, RCC offers free beginning swim classes to Reston youth ages 6 to 12 (Reston residents and children of Reston employees) every summer; the free Level 1-2 Learn-to-Swim classes are offered to Reston patrons in July and August. Summer registration opens Monday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m. for Reston patrons; early registration is encouraged as classes fill quickly. In addition to offering CPR and First Aid training opportunities to the community, RCC also works with Reston Association to offer a Drowning Education Awareness Program (DEAP) throughout the year. DEAP offers two land-based water safety awareness programs for youth and civic organizations; presentations are free for Reston residents and employees.

RCC will also observe National Water Safety Month with free coloring/activity booklets, a water safety pledge and a public campaign promoting water safety. Materials will be available at the Terry L. Smith Aquatics Center at RCC Hunters Woods. Other special experiences and programming will be announced throughout the month; check our website for complete information.

“The RCC DEAP initiative started in 2010. RCC is proud to support drowning awareness and education programs that also include certification options for Lifeguards, Swimming Instructors and Aquatic Facility Operators. These certifications are offered to Reston residents (and employees) at very low fees,” says Joe Leary, Aquatics Director.

For more information on Water Safety Month activities, please stop by the Aquatics Service Desk at RCC Hunters Woods, or call 703-390-6150.

National Water Safety Month

National Water Safety Month is a joint effort of the American Red Cross, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals, the National Recreation and Park Association and the World Waterpark Association. The event is celebrated by these organizations, participants, sponsors and thousands of aquatics facilities and professionals through educational programs, public service announcements, governmental proclamations, dealer and aquatics business promotions, and the distribution of water-safety-themed materials, aimed primarily at the public, and designed to help prevent drowning and water-related illness and injuries. For more information, visit www.nationalwatersafetymonth.org.

About Reston Community Center

Each year RCC offers more than 2,000 positive, self-development experiences that enhance the quality of life for all people living and working in Reston. RCC provides a wide range of programs in arts, aquatics, enrichment and life-long learning. We also create and sustain community traditions through special events, outreach activities and facility rentals. To find the programs or events that are right for you, visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com or call 703-476-4500.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For further information, contact Reston Community Center at (703) 476-4500, TTY 711 or visit the website at www.restoncommunitycenter.com. Reston Community Center is located at 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston, VA 20191. Reston Community Center is completely accessible to persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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