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Water safety is a common topic each year as summer approaches, but it is also important to talk about all year long. According to the National Safety Council, drowning is more common for children under the age of 5 and is the second leading cause of death for people ages 5-24 “We at the Smith Wellness Center, on the Emmetsburg Campus of Iowa Lakes Community College, introduced an afternoon day camp last year that reached out to children ages five and older from Emmetsburg and surrounding communities,” stated Liz Hoffman, Aquatics Facilitator. “This safety camp is something that people of all ages can benefit from,” she added. Last year, the lifeguard staff spent an afternoon talking about a variety of general water safety topics, including but not limited to sun safety, boat safety, and pool and waterfront safety. The children enjoyed rides in a canoe from the deep end of the pool, created crafts, played water games and won door prizes like free pool passes and t-shirts. The second annual Water Safety Day Camp will be held on Thursday, July 14, from 1 to 5 p.m. and is free of charge to everyone. To sign up for the day camp, or for additional information, contact Liz Hoffman at 712-852-5201, or email, or call the Emmetsburg campus at 1-800-242-5108.


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