If BSAC Executive Director Chuck Burgess had his way, youth drowning would be eradicated immediately, erasing the number one cause of unintended death for children ages 4 and under.

“It’s definitely a passion of mine,” said Burgess, during a tour of the Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center, with members of the The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce‘s Leadership Brandon Alumni Association‘s Leadership Brandon 2017 class. “You hate reading about it, it’s senseless, it should never happen, it’s not like a child who has cancer, youth drowning can be prevented,” Burgess said. “We’re really focused on that here.”

In addition to BSAC’s storied history with swimming classes for people from birth to adulthood, Burgess called it an “unbelievable opportunity” to have received $800,000 in county funds for the community pool under construction, as part of BSAC’s $1.3 million Learn To Swim initiative, for which private funds will be used to renovate the existing 50-meter pool and diving well.