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Water safety class held by Columbia Basin Dive Rescue

KENNEWICK, Wash. - With a number of recent drownings in the area water safety is a major concern for many people. 

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue held a special class at the Tri-City Court Club today. 

They use mock drowning situations to teach both kids and parents how to react in an emergency situation and how to help if someone appears to be in danger.

Divers said life jackets are most important when swimming or boating on the river.  

Kathy Spane is the Aquatics Director at the Tri-City Court Club.  She said, "A lot of these drownings could be prevented if people knew what to do in case of a water emergency. Many people just freeze and don't know that you can just throw something that floats."

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue holds about 30 of these classes throughout the year.  Parents said teaching their children how to be safe in the water is extremely important.