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The Red Cross is partnering with the Tulsa Dream Center to offer free swimming lessons

The Red Cross is partnering with the Tulsa Dream Center to offer free swimming lessons

The Tulsa Dream Center and the Red Cross are partnering to help prevent drownings this summer.

The Dream Center said that thanks to the program, resources and equipment provided by the Red Cross, adults and children will learn to swim for free.

The Red Cross said its Aquatics Centenary Campaign played a key role in reducing accidental drownings by promoting water-safe communities.

The Dream Center said it opened a pool more than a year ago with the goal of teaching children in North Tulsa how to swim. The initiative was prompted by the death of two brothers.

Executive director Tim Newton said so far 1,500 boys and girls have learned to swim and they have also certified 40 lifeguards.

“They learn everything from how to maneuver in the water, in situations that can be play, but also situations that can’t be when it’s just you falling into the water. How does that feel? How is it? Jump in the water in your normal clothes and be able to get out of the pool and navigate the water during that time,” explained Newton.

The Dream Center said it has spaces available for its four-week session in July and that there are classes for the whole family.