Indianapolis offering free water safety classes

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — City officials are trying to make sure everyone stays safe while out on local lakes and rivers this summer.

All this week the Indy Parks and Recreation Department is offering free water safety classes at 18 public pools. The 30 minute classes are not swimming lessons; they teach you what to do when you’re around large bodies of open water.

One of the biggest things officials say is to remain calm.

“You have to step out of your comfort zone and once you relax in the water and make the water your friend, it’ll benefit you in the long run,” said Michael Barber, a lifeguard at Ellenberger Park pool.

Officials also warn against swimming near spillways, and in any water with a current. They also say if you are with a friend who is in trouble — throw them some kind of floating device and call for help. Don’t jump in to try and save them. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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