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Stay Afloat Safety Fair offers free workshops, equipment for children

RENO - The Truckee River Foundation will host the Tenth Annual Stay Afloat Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 12.

It is a day of free river safety classes for kids and parents. Through its River Safety Fair, TRF has distributed more than 1,200 free water safety helmets, life jacket and water shoes to kids who play in the Truckee River Whitewater Park in downtown Reno.

"The goal is to prepare children five to 13 and parents for a safe and fun river experience, specifically on the popular Truckee River," said Truckee River Foundation board member Debbie Leonard. "We teach them how to swim through a rapid, so that they can experience the sheer power of the water in a safe environment."

Throughout the day, the Stay Afloat Safety Fair offers free 50-minute workshops for kids age five to 13 that cover proper fitting of a personal flotation device and helmet, how to safely maneuver in the currents and eddies and how to escape potentially dangerous situations in the water. Each participant will be able to keep the equipment free-of-charge upon completing the course.

Reservations are not required and workshops are first come, first serve. Registration starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 775-788-2000.