Swimming is an Essential Skill, Not a Privilege

As the weather gets warmer, we know kids (and caregivers!) are excited to get to the pool this summer! This Water Safety Month, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta is encouraging parents and caregivers to reinforce the importance of water safety skills with the whole family to prevent drowning. Drowning is still the number one cause of death in children ages 1 to 4 in the U.S., and the Y remains committed to water safety. Swim Lessons are essential to drowning prevention, and here at the Y, we believe that every person deserves access to water safety classes, no matter their circumstances to ensure that all families have the skills they need to keep them safe, opening up a world of possibilities for all!

In the Y’s Safety Around Water program, children learn a sequenced set of skills to reduce their risk of drowning. A typical session includes:

> Exercises to help kids adjust to being in water.

> Instruction in “Jump, Push, Turn, Grab” and “Swim, Float, Swim,” to skillsets kids can use if they find themselves unexpectedly in the water.

> Specific safety topics, like what to do if you see someone in the water who needs help.

> Fun activities that reinforce skills.

There are three categories of Y Swim Lessons:

1. Swim Starters develops water enrichment and aquatic readiness in children ages six months to three years. This category focuses on developing swim readiness skills through fun and confidence-building experiences. Parents also learn how to supervise children in the water, how to prevent accidents and how to plan for emergencies.

2. Swim Basics develops personal water safety and basic swimming skills in students of all ages. Swimmers develop a high level of comfort in the water by practicing safe water habits, engaging in underwater exploration, and learning how to swim to safety and exit if they fall into a body of water.

3. Swim Strokes introduces and refines stroke technique in older students (school age, teens and adults).

Having mastered the fundamentals, students learn additional water safety skills and build stroke technique, developing skills that prevent chronic disease, increase social-emotional and cognitive well-being and foster a lifetime of physical activity.

The Y offers swim lessons for all children. Sign up for swim lessons today.