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Josh Herbert introduced a water safety public information campaign to the City of Albuquerque.

July 27, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Josh Herbert works for the Parks and Recreation Department in the Aquatics Division for the City of Albuquerque and he is this week’s employee of the week.

Recently, Mr. Herbert introduced a water safety public information campaign to the City of Albuquerque. The program is designed to convey water safety and education to low income children and a host of other participants within the community in a fun interactive way. Mr. Herbert was able to get the attention of Make a Splash, a national child-focused water safety initiative, with his new program that he developed on his own for the City of Albuquerque.

Mr. Herbert designed the Orca Swim program, and now part of Make a Splash, is a free swimming lesson program. Mr. Herbert hosted the Orca Swim program at the City of Albuquerque’s Community Centers in three different sessions.

The importance of programs like the one Mr. Herbert designed can’t be overestimated because:
 
Nine people drown each day in the U.S.
 •In ethnically-diverse communities, the youth drowning rate is more than double the national average.
 
 •Nearly six out of 10 African American and Hispanic/Latino children are unable to swim, nearly twice as many as their Caucasian counterparts.
 
 •The key indicator in this was not race, but family -- Children from non-swimming households are eight times more likely to be at-risk of drowning.

By teaching children to swim we help create generations of parents-to-be who will know how to swim.

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