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  • County Parks Department will co-sponsor Water Safety Expo Aug. 17

    Aug 13, 2019 | Read More News
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    A ghost ship obstacle course, splash pad, water slide and more are on tap at a Water Safety Expo taking place Aug. 17, 10 a.m.-noon, at Manzanita Pool, 5110 S. San Joaquin Ave. Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department is joining with the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona and nearly a dozen other organizations to sponsor the event.
    Swim lessons
    The gathering also will feature free water safety information, giveaways, fire trucks and more. Attendees also will have a chance to swap out an old life jacket for a brand new one, courtesy of the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The event is part of Drowning Impact Awareness month.

    Located on Tucson’s southwest side, Manzanita Pool is one of nine Pima County pools. It features six lap lanes, a slide, zero-depth entry and a mushroom water feature. In July 2018, the Warden Family splash pad opened, offering water cannons, sun spray, ground sprays and a tsunami bucket.

    Drowning is the third most common cause of unintentional injury-related deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The most effective interventions to avoid drowning are:
    • Focused adult supervision;
    • Four-sided isolation fencing with self-closing/self-latching gate; and
    • Ability to swim by age 8 (National Safe Kids Campaign).
    Learn more about the event by calling 520-578-2458.