LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Summer months will be here before you know it, and especially for those living in Southwest Louisiana, water activities will be one of the highlights of the season.
According to the Calcasieu Parish Coroner's Office, there have been 20 drownings in the parish since 2013. That number was alarming to national Red Cross leaders who chose Lake Charles as a target city for its water safety program.
"We have them statistically high enough where it's a concern," said Ward 3 Aquatics Director Rene Fontenot.
Lake Charles was chosen to participate in a centennial training program with Red Cross. So now, Ward 3 Recreation Center has 13 staff members who are certified on basic water safety and water safety instruction.
"For the first time ever in Lake Charles, we have a qualified safety instructor staff that will be hands on with swim instruction all summer," said Fontenot.
At Ward 3 Recreation Center, anyone can participate in a 45 minute swimming lesson for $1 starting in June. Fontenot says they want to make it possible for anyone to receive swimming instructions without monetary concerns. Find out more about Ward 3 Recreation HERE.