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Holyoke Boys and Girls Club hosts lifeguard certification classes

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) - We're less than two weeks away from summer and many people will soon be spending a lot of time in the water.

Swimming is meant to be fun, but without proper supervision it can be dangerous.

Since the beginning of May incidents of drowning have been reported at Puffers Pond and in the Chicopee River.

Holyoke Parks and Recreation and the American Red Cross held a lifeguard certification class at the Holyoke Boys and Girls Club Sunday morning.

Holyoke Parks and Recreation Aquatic Director Maura Shea told 22News swimming under the supervision of a lifeguard is always the best choice.

"Always swim near a guarded protected area. Swimming near high rock or areas that are not guarded are dangerous to public safety, she said. "Always swim near a lifeguard they are trained and they're there in case something happens, they know how to pull someone out of the water they know how to rescue someone the right way."

The class taught  CPR, basic first aid, and how to safely pull someone out of the water.

One Holyoke resident told 22News that affordability was one of the main reasons he chose this class over other safety courses throughout the commonwealth.

"A lot of other classes are around $200, $300, $400 dollars and when I came across this one it's only 50 dollars if you live in Holyoke, you can't pass that up," said Kellen Powers of Holyoke. 

At the end of the class, those who walked in as students can now call themselves certified lifeguards.


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