Channel 8 reports the number of drowning deaths in Hillsborough County was way up last year. To help, some local YMCAs are offering a free water safety course for beginners. To qualify, your child must be between 3 and 12 years old. You don’t have to be a YMCA member. It’s a 4 day course that runs during school vacation week March 18 throu March 21.

Here are the locations:

North Brandon Family YMCA

Plant City Family YMCA

Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road

Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA
Bob Sierra YMCA Youth & Family Center
New Tampa Family YMCA
Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA
South Tampa Family YMCA

Campo Family YMCA

East Pasco Family YMCA

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