May is National Water Safety Month and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA and its 11 locations will once again offer their free water safety and swim lessons. This free 4-day course from May 8– 12 is open to all 3-12-year-old beginners and non-swimmers in the Tampa Bay community.
Last year, through the Tampa Y, 14,512 children learned to swim and be safe around water, which is critical considering more children under the age of four drown in Florida than anywhere else in the nation. The Y is committed to doing what it takes to ensure not one more child drowns in Tampa Bay. Since data shows formal swim lessons cut the risk of drowning by 88 percent, these lessons will ensure that families have the skills they need to keep young swimmers safe, opening a world of possibilities for all!
During the 4-day course, certified instructors teach kids a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. A YMCA membership is NOT required; however, due to limited space, pre-registration is required. You can sign up online, in-person or by phone.