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With a life vest for security and the close-by, ready-to-assist hand of instructor Daniel Rose, Keegan Weston, 6, gets a few kicks out of learning to swim at the YMCA.

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Kids, adults need to get into swim of things

Data show two key barriers prevent children from learning to swim — fear of injury or drowning, and lack of parental encouragement.

WALLA WALLA — As most area children returned to school this past week, their parents were not the only ones to breathe a sigh of relief.Throughout the Walla Walla Valley, kids worked on swimming skills this summer, learning for the first time or growing s


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