Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital teach basic swimming needs to prevent drownings

BALTIMORE — Swimming season is upon us and a new program is helping children learn to swim safely.

In the past 5 years, six Baltimore City children have died from drowning.

Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital aims to prevent accidental deaths by teaching school-age children basic swimming skills and water safety.

The free swim safety program lasted six weeks.

This morning 20 children between the ages of 5 and 13 graduated.

Rachana Patini, Director of Community Benefit Programs, Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.

“We know it’s very successful, we’ve done a pre- and post-test and the kids have grown a lot, not only because they weren’t afraid of the water, but could actually float and swim. Some of them are even swimming. swimming.”

Now they are ready to enjoy the water with family and friends this summer.

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