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Updated: 07/16/2014 10:22:01AM

Swim lessons offered at LPHS pool

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5-year-old Payton Behrman jumps to swim instructor Annie Weber-Callahan.

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Ava Ritacco, 3, the daughter of Mike Rotacco, leaps from the diving board at the LPHS pool.

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Kaylee Grigsby tucks for a cannonball at the LPHS pool. Much to her delight, the tiny girl made a big splash.

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With her ponytail flying behind her, Briana Behrman jumps from the diving board and into the pool at LPHS.

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Mike Ritacco with his kids, Ava (3), J.R. (4) and Isabell (6) at swim lessons this week at the LPHS pool.

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Allainne Pruett toes the end of the diving board as she works up the courage to jump.


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Florida’s leading cause of death for children under 5 years of age is unintentional drowning. Florida leads the nation in drownings for ages one to four. While these statistics are heartbreaking, they are avoidable for the most part.

Swimming lessons are incredibly important, especially in Highlands County where lakes, canals and pools are in almost every neighborhood. Classes are offered at the Lake Placid High School pool. Affordable and convenient, six week sessions are available at a cost of $25 per session.

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