Water-Related News

Lake County promotes safe swimming during Water Safety Month

Lake County’s Water Safety Advisory Committee, local 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.

Lake County has more than 1,000 named lakes, so it’s important for citizens to be water safety-aware to prevent drowning and recreational water-related injuries. Each day in the U.S., 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. Therefore, Commissioner Sean Parks proclaimed May “Water Safety Month” during the May 9 Lake County Board of County Commissioners meeting.

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, Fruitland Park and Mount Dora.

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