- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 11, 2000

Books

• "I'm Safe in the Water" by Wendy Gordon, Backyard Books, 1999. In this picture book, brother and sister Kip and Kayla learn the basics of water safety and pool rules.

• "Water Baby: A First Fun Book of Water Skills" by Lauren Heston, Element, 1999. A swimming instructor advises parents how to introduce baby to water.

Local resources

Swimming lessons can be found through municipal pools, county parks and recreation centers, and community centers. Contact your local parks authority or recreation center for more information.

• The American Red Cross, National Capital Chapter, 2131 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20037. Phone: 202/728-6401. Web site: www.redcross.org. The Red Cross certifies most of the local swim programs and teachers and can direct you to a class in your neighborhood.

• YMCA of Metropolitan Washington, 1112 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 800/473-YMCA. Web site: www.ymcawashdc.org. The YMCA, with more than a dozen centers in the Washington area, is one of the largest providers of swim lessons.

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