Wednesday, March 9, 2011 | 3:05 p.m.
Free swimming lessons are being offered in Boulder City for children age four and younger thanks to a grant from the Southern Nevada Chapter of the International Code Council that the city council accepted on Tuesday.
Fulton Cochran, who represented the SNICC at the council meeting, reported that 37 Nevada children had drowned in swimming pools in the last four years -- many of them toddlers. In December, 2-year-old Timothy Dozier drowned in his family's back yard pool in Boulder City.
In response, the organization has been giving out $1,500 grants to help municipalities such as Boulder City start free swimming programs.
"Teaching kids to swim is one of the best ways to reduce" these deaths, Cochran said.
The staff at the Boulder City Pool has developed a swimming program for toddlers, City Manager Vicki Mayes said, and nearly 50 children have already had lessons.
The Boulder City Pool is located at 861 Avenue B. For more information, call 702-293-9286.