River Security Day is held within the metropolis of Albuquerque

“There are many different hazards throughout the river. We want to try to make sure people are aware of these hazards so we can avoid potential hazards this summer,” said Josh Herbert, Aquatics director.

Jaime Philips of Adobe Whitewater Club said if people aren’t prepared they could get into trouble on the river.

“We are at the peak of the snowmelt here. This year the river will likely be the fastest,” he said.

Herbert said one way people can help keep children safe on the river is by teaching them to swim.

The city on Saturday opened registration for swimming lessons for children aged six months to 14 years. The two-week course costs $ 35 for eight classes.

“Swimming lessons are not the end. You need adult supervision. Nothing beats that. You must always wear a life jacket when you are on a boat. But swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning by 85 percent,” he said.

For more information on registering for swimming lessons in the city of Albuquerque, please visit here.

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