Second Grade Learn to Swim
Because . . .
ONE MINUTE IS ALL IT TAKES FOR A CHILD TO DROWN
The Y is a great resource for communities that are surrounded by water because they are “America’s Swim Instructor.” The first indoor filtered-pool was designed and built at a YMCA in 1909 and we’ve been teaching kids to swim even before then. Literally millions of kids and adults have learned to swim at a YMCA.
Here in Virginia, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death among children so the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA is taking a stand to stop drowning. We offer all second-graders the opportunity to become water-safe – free of charge.
We work together with schools and school systems that provide transportation for the students to come to the Y so they can learn to swim. Contact your local Y to learn how to get your school involved.
The following locations have pools and offer swim lessons:
- Hampton Family YMCA
- Luter Family YMCA
- Newport News Family YMCA
- Northern Neck Family YMCA
- Northumberland Family YMCA
- R.F. Wilkinson Family YMCA
- Victory Family YMCA
These YMCAs collaborate with community organizations to offer swim instruction:
- Mathews Family YMCA
- Middlesex Family YMCA
- Children ages 5 – 14 are the most common victims of drowning
- 58% of parents do not consider drowning a threat to their children
- There are over 7,000 second-graders living within our service area
Contact your local Y to have your child’s swimming proficiency evaluated, it’s absolutely free.
3 SAFETY TIPS THAT CAN SAVE A CHILD’S LIFE
- Test & Teach – Have your child’s swimming skills tested at your local Y; it’s absolutely free. If you child is not a strong swimmer, enroll them in swim classes. The Y offers swimming instruction for children of all ages (6 months old and up).
- Watch & Guard – Never leave a child unattended around water. Appoint at least one adult “Water Watcher” to supervise all water and pool activities. Also, make sure there are non-climbable fences, locks, covers and alarms to secure the pool when it is not in use.
- Throw, don’t go – Too often, drownings are multiplied because somebody tries to be a hero. If you see someone struggling in the water at a pool or lake, don’t jump in to try to perform the rescue. Instead, throw out a Coast Guard approved flotation device or use a pole to reach the drowning victim.