April 25, 2016
There are a few skills that all parents instinctively know to teach their children to keep them safe and healthy: looking both ways before crossing the street, washing your hands with soap and water or eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables every day, for example.
But for too many parents, safety in and around water is not on the list, and that’s something we need to change. To help, the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is offering free swim lessons this May during National Water Safety Month. For a list of centers, dates and times, see the table below. Plus, if your child participates in the free swim lesson and you decide to register him/her for summer swim lessons during our free swim lesson event you will save $10 of the summer swim lesson (just mention the code SHERO). We're also asking all parents and adult to take the Water Watcher pledge and to help spread the word about this pledge to others to help keep kids safe around the water.
Fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14 years old. The problem is particularly acute among minority communities. African American children ages 5 to 14 are three times more likely to drown than their white counterparts. The disparity is partly due to the lack of swimming experience among these children.
According to a recent national research study conducted by the USA Swimming Foundation and the University of Memphis, 70 percent of African American and 60 percent of Hispanic children cannot swim, compared to just 40 percent of Caucasian children.
The Y is committed to reducing water-related injuries, particularly in communities where children are most at risk. These classes are just one of the many swim programs that millions of people from toddlers to adults take advantage of at the Y’s more than 2,200 pools across the country.
If you know how to stay safe in and around water, swimming can be a lifelong source of fun and exercise. Instead of keeping your children away from water, help them learn fundamental water safety skills by enrolling them in lessons. These classes can provide them a new, exciting way to keep active and meet new friends.
|Buehler YMCA||Saturday, May 21, 12:30-2 p.m.|
|Elmhurst YMCA||Saturday, May 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m.|
|Foglia YMCA||Friday, May 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m.|
|Fry Family YMCA||Saturday, May 21, 12:30-2:15 p.m.|
|Greater LaGrange YMCA||TBA|
|Hastings Lake YMCA||Friday, Apr 22, Noon-2 p.m.|
|High Ridge YMCA||Saturday, May 21, 2-4 p.m.|
|Indian Boundary YMCA||Friday, May 13, 5:15-5:45 p.m.|
|Irving Park YMCA||Saturday, May 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m.|
|Kroehler Family YMCA||Saturday, May 14, 11:30 a.m.-Noon|
|Lake View YMCA||Saturday, May 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m.|
|Lattof YMCA||April 26-May 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m.|
|Leaning Tower YMCA||Saturday, May 21, 2-4 p.m.|
|Sage YMCA||May 14-15, 1-2:30 p.m.|
|South Chicago YMCA||Saturday, May 14, Noon- 2 p.m.|
|South Side YMCA||Saturday, May 14, 1-3 p.m.|
|West Communities||Friday, May 13, 5-7 p.m.|