WASHINGTON (CIRCA VIA WPDE) — If you celebrate Christmas, chances are you've decorated a Christmas tree. But have you ever done it underwater?
Dozens of kids at the Santa Splash event in the Pawleys Island, South Carolina community can now say that they have.
Kids dove for ornaments at the bottom of the pool and had to decorate the trees that were also submerged in the indoor pool with what they grabbed. While the event was meant to be fun, it was also meant to remind the community of the importance of safe swimming. According to the CDC, one out of every five accidental drowning involves children under the age of 14. The CDC also says there are over 3,500 unintentional drownings each year at about 10 deaths per day.
Organizers told local affiliate WPDE that the annual Santa Splash event is all about community, safety and promoting healthy habits.
Parents and organizers believe events promoting water safety are critical especially living in a coastal community where accidental drownings are so common for both kids and adults. So while the rest of the country is stomping around in the snow, this waterfront town will be able to enjoy the outdoors as well knowing their kids are just as safe as if they were on land.