Second Grade Learn to Swim

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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.

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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

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

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