BY JAMES HARPER
Florida has the highest accidental drowning rate in the nation for children 1 to 4 years old.
Paul Daniels, Daytona Beach’s Cypress Aquatic Center manager, shared the above statistic this week as he campaigns to get donations from individuals, organizations or businesses to help area youth participate in the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program.
The program takes place at the center located at 925 George W. Engram Blvd.
“With today’s tough economic conditions, it’s difficult for parents to afford swimming lessons, especially if they have more than one child,” Daniels said.
“Our goal is to raise a total of $2,500 for 2013 programs, assuring educational opportunities for those with financial need. Your donation will provide scholarships for youth otherwise unable to participate,” he continued.
Free lessons for adults
Daniels said the center will offer five lesson programs for $35 per child. The start date for swim lessons will be June 8, which is why Daniels is asking to be contacted for donations.
He added that the center received a donation from Daytona Toyota Scion for free adult swim lessons and free fitness classes for adults.
“They made the donation because they want to help the neighborhood folks have fitness options,” Daniels explained.
Adult lessons are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 6:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Normally adults would be charged $2 fee but due to the donation the fee is waived.
The free fitness or aqua aerobics class are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
The hours for the Aquatic Center beginning June 5-Aug. 17 are Monday – Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturdays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The standard fees to swim are $20 for 15 swims for adults or $20 for 25 swims for youth.
Those not wanting to pay the bulk rate can pay the daily fee, which is $3 for adults and $2 for youth 17 years and under.
Residents who want to go to Campbell Street pool on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard pay 50 cents Monday – Thursdays beginning June 10.
For more information, contact Daniels at 386-671-8393 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.