GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – Summer is just around the corner and the YMCA of Greenville wants families to start thinking about keeping kids safe around water.
The organization is offering free swim lessons for kids.
Three locations of the YMCA are inviting the community to take advantage of Water Safety Week.
Starting April 10, YMCA instructors will teach kids and parents important lessons to help prevent drowning.
Whether kids have never learned to swim or are experienced swimmers, the lessons are aimed at teaching basic survival skills and helping kids be confident around water.
The YMCA says these are skills every family should have to keep kids safe this summer.
“Teaching children about how to be smart, not only just to learn how to swim, but being smart around the water is a life-saving skill. With this being the leading cause of death for children under 4, teaching water safety one day could benefit a kid and their family in terms of life-saving,” said Alaric Gwynn, an aquatic specialist at the YMCA.
The three locations participating in Water Safety Week are the Caine Halter YMCA in downtown Greenville, the Eastside Family YMCA in Taylors and the Y Program Center in Simpsonville.
Water Safety Week runs from April 10 through 14 and is free for kids ages 3 to 14. Participants must register in advance since space is limited.
You can register by calling (864) 412-0288, visiting in person or online by clicking here.