Massachusetts Looks To Implement New Swimming Safety Protocols

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – As the risk of drowning increases every summer, the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR) is about to implement some new efforts to enhance water safety.

At the Malnea Cass Memorial swimming pool in Roxbury Thursday, federal and state officials introduced a handful of initiatives they hope will keep kids, teens and adults safe.

State Secretary Kathleen Theoharides said the new effort is the Safe Water Initiative Massachusetts, otherwise known as “S.W.I.M.”

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The initiative will make 475,000 dollars available this year “in funding to support partner organizations in offering free swimming lessons to children and adults in the Commonwealth,” Theoharides said.

The DCR is also in the process of updating and investing lifesaving equipment at beaches and swimming pools.

A mother of three, who was at Malnea taking advantage of the free swim lessons for kids, thought these initiatives are worthwhile.

“There’s no price that you can put on saving a life of a child,” she said.

WBZ’s James Rojas has the story:

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