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Free swim lessons at New York State Parks

credit: NYS Parks

New York’s annual Learn-to-Swim program will be offered to 3,000 children at 27 state parks across the state this summer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office said.

This is the fifth year of the program, which has expanded each year since 2013.

The Governor’s office said the Learn-to-Swim includes individual classes for all ages and skill-levels, varying from swim lessons to water safety presentations.

Earlier this week, Sen. Chuck Schumer called on the federal government to take steps to prevent drowning deaths among children, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows from 2014-2016, 1,300 children 4 or younger died of drowning.

Participating state parks around Central New York include Cayuga Lake State Park, Chenango Valley State Park, Oquaga Creek State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, Sandy Island Beach State Park, Keewaydin State Park, and Higley Flow State Park.

Enrollment information for the Learn-to-Swim program is available here.

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