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School’s out but some authorities say there are still important skills for youngsters to learn during summer vacation.

Such as how to swim.

An estimated 1,000 children drown every year in the United States, Dawne Gardner, an injury prevention specialist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, said.

Another 7,000 end up in emergency rooms because of a near-drowning.

The hospital’s trauma registry data shows there were 148 drowning and near-drowning incidents in Greater Cincinnati from January 2016 to March 2022, Gardner said.

The total includes 14 in 2021 and four as of March this year.

The fact that bodies of water can be deadly – and not just to children – was brought home over the Memorial Day weekend.

A 31-year-old Pennsylvania man died while jet skiing Sunday at Caesar Creek State Park in Waynesville, although his cause of death has not been released.

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