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Free swimming lessons being offered at Shreveport SPAR center

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Published: Aug. 7, 2021 at 5:38 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - If you’re looking to cool off and want to learn how to swim, starting Monday, Aug. 9, you can take some free swimming lessons at Shreveport’s Southern Hills SPAR center.

Since 2011, Project Swim has helped more than 16,000 people learn how to swim. Project Swim was organized after the tragic 2010 death of six teens who drowned in the Red River.

The program was created to make sure a tragedy like that never happens again.

“Beat your fear it can certainly be something that can turn into a dangerous situation,” said Shelley McMillan with Project Swim.

Starting at 7 a.m., up to 750 people can sign up for the lessons. The lessons are open to all ages.

McMillan says teaching adults how to swim is just as important as teaching kids.

“Water is not going anywhere. There’s always going to be pools, lakes, ponds,” she said.

SPAR is offering three weeks worth of lessons and have taught people all the way up tp 85 years old how to swim.

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