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Taft Elementary kindergarteners learn swimming safety

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Nearly half of Americans lack basic swimming skills, according to a 2014 survey conducted on behalf of the American Red Cross.

The Cincinnati Recreation Commission hopes to fight that statistic by getting children in the water as early as kindergarten.

&nbsp; &quot;Their confidence in the water is the biggest goal,&quot; aquatic director April Chappell said.

&quot;Most of our kids were very terrified to the water when they came to us on the first day &mdash; now they seem to love it.

&quot; The program lets the kids make a splash while learning the core &quot;water competencies&quot; many Americans lack, including treading water and floating, safely entering deep water and regulating breath.

&quot;Swimming isn't only a sport, but a skill that can save a child's life,&quot; said Daniel Betts&nbsp;of the Cincinnati Recreation Commission..

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