News Release

Columbia and Richland Leaders Join Forces to Promote a Swim Safety Program

Columbia Fire, Sheriff’s Department, Recreation Commission, and Coroner

Host Swim Safety Event

Saturday July 15th 9:00am – 12:00pm

St. Andrews Park Eastover Park

 Because Columbia and Richland County officials believe that even one drowning death is one drowning death too many, the Columbia Fire Department, Richland County Sheriff and Coroner, as well as the Richland County Recreation Commission are joining forces to present the “Swim Safe” safety day.

Lifeguards and other qualified instructors will be available to help teach water safety and safe swimming practices. This instruction is free and being offered at St. Andrews Park (920 Beatty Rd. Columbia, SC 29210) & Eastover Park (1031 Main St. Eastover, SC 29044) on Saturday July 15th from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Chief Jenkins says, “After responding to five drowning incidents in the previous weeks, we felt it necessary to reach out to the community and offer assistance by helping people get the instruction necessary to be safe in and around the water”.

Come by one of the above mentioned “Swim Safe” events this Saturday to learn how to keep yourself, your family, and your friends safe on the water this summer.