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Portrait of a dark-skinned child in a swimsuit near the pool. Portrait of a girl. An active and fun pastime for a child. Swimming is an active sport. Summer. Summer vacation. Vacation.

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Summer is quickly approaching, and what better way to welcome the warmer weather than by learning to swim. Mecklenburg County’s aquatics department is offering free lessons to the public. Lessons will take place at the Double Oaks and Cordelia public pools. Anyone from 6-month-olds to adults is eligible. The county hopes the lessons will increase drowning prevention. To sign up, go to the Cordelia or Double Oaks pools at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11 to register for the following week’s classes. Read the full story here.