May is National Water Safety Month and an especially exciting time for us as we gear up for the summer launch of our new and improved Swim and Water Safety Programs:
Safety Around Water - a new nationwide program designed to reduce the risk of childhood drowning, develop a lifelong love swimming and provide children from underserved communities greater access to water safety programs. The program focuses on reaching underserved communities with a special emphasis on African American and Hispanic communities, where risk of drowning among children is highest.
Updated Swim Lessons - to increase the accessibility and enjoyment of swimming to all ages and skill levels, the latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers’ progress between levels. Through this approach, advanced swimmers flow more easily to higher levels while swimmers who need more instruction can learn at their own pace. This results in more confident swimmers who stick with lessons and develop a love for swimming that can last a lifetime.
YMCA Swim and Water Safety Programs continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people we serve. Through these programs, the Y hopes to further bridge cultural and access gaps that can prevent some children from learning important water safety skills.