May is National Water Safety Month. Teaching children how to swim and be safe around water is one of the most important life skills parents can help their children learn. It not only saves lives; it builds confidence. Visit our Swim Lesson Page»
- Research shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning among children 1 to 4 years of age.
- Participation in swimming helps teach children at a young age to strive for physical achievement.
- Water safety and swim lessons promote a lifelong enjoyment of swimming, encourages healthy living and the prevention of chronic diseases.
- Learning to enjoy activities in and around the water nurtures social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Safety Around Water
Drowning poses a threat to the health and well-being of people nationwide, particularly among children and minority populations.
- Two children die every day because of drowning.
- Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old and is the second leading cause of death for children from 5 to 14 years old.
- According to a national research study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation with the University of Memphis and University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 60 percent of African American children and 45 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim compared to 40 percent of Caucasian children.
- 79 percent of children in families with household income less than $50,000 have no/low swimming ability.
The Y’s Safety Around Water program teaches children of all ages and from all backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared, if you know how to stay safe in and around water.
- Nationwide, the Y is awarding more than 33,000 scholarships for free water safety lessons to children from underserved communities as a part of Safety Around Water.
- Additionally, Safety Around Water educates parents about the importance of water safety lessons for their children.
- Many parents don’t put their children in water safety lessons because of lack of access to water, culture, family history or a general lack of knowledge on the importance of water safety.
In Safety Around Water, kids learn what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly.
- Children learn fundamental water safety skills that include the concepts of reach, throw, don’t go; CPR and what to look for in a safe place to swim.
- Jump/Push/Turn/Grab teaches a child to push off the bottom of the pool as they are submerging to get back up to the surface while turning to grab the side of the pool.
- Swim/Float/Swim teaches children to swim a short distance on their front, roll over onto their back to rest, and then roll on their front to continue swimming to safety.
The Y is “America’s Swim Instructor” and the most accessible community resource to prevent drowning and encourage a lifelong enjoyment of swimming.
- The Y introduced the concept of group swim lessons more than 100 years ago (1909).
- Each year, the Y teaches more than a million children invaluable water safety and swimming skills.
- As one of the largest community-based organizations in the country, the Y owns or manages over 2,000 pools.
- Thanks to its size and reach, the Y is in a unique position to help bridge the gap in the delivery of swim lessons and water safety education in the U.S.—especially in underserved communities.
- In addition to water safety and swim lessons, the Y is a leader in competitive swim, and has been for more than 100 years when the first national YMCA swimming records were filed in 1907. Learn more about our Swim Teams»
Y Swim Lessons continue to evolve to better meet the needs of the people they serve.
- The latest evolution of Y Swim Lessons accommodates students of 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.
Learn more about YMCA swimming lessons in Knoxville here.
Private swimming lessons are available year round. Learn more about private swim lessons and sign up today!