YMCA teaches kids lifesaving water skills: Safety Around Water classes offered at no cost – About Your Online Magazine


Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 years. As the country’s leading swimming instructor, the YMCA is committed to giving children the tools they need to prevent tragedy. This summer, Y is offering its free Safety Around Water program at two locations to teach children how to protect themselves and others when they are in swimming pools, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water.

“Horizons at Carolina Day has partnered with the YMCA to provide swimming lessons for children in underserved communities since 2018,” said Monica Antonazzo, executive director of Horizons at Carolina Day School. “Learning to swim is a life-saving skill that helps build confidence and safe risk-taking behaviors that carry over to better classroom performance.”

Horizons participants’ six-week summer academic enrichment program includes field trips to the Reuter Family YMCA for the Safety Around Water program.

“Without the incredible support of the YMCA, we would not be able to offer such a rich and complete swimming program,” said Antonazzo. “We are so grateful for Team Y’s enthusiasm, generosity and dedication to helping more children in Asheville experience the joy of swimming for a lifetime.”

Unlike traditional swimming lessons, Safety Around Water focuses on teaching children what to do if they find themselves in the water unexpectedly. They learn basic safety skills, including what to look for in a safe place to swim, how to swim a short distance forward, how to roll on your back to rest and then roll forward to continue reaching safety.

The public is welcome to register for Water Safety classes June 14-18 and June 21-25 at the Patton Pool in Hendersonville. Early registration It is necessary.

Y also offers the program throughout the year in partnership with elementary schools in Buncombe, Henderson and McDowell counties. Thanks to the support of generous community donors, there is no charge for students and their families.

Visit ymcawnc.org/swimming to learn more about all Y-swim programs. Financial assistance is available.

About the YMCA of Western North Carolina

West North Carolina nonprofit YMCA strengthens local communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Founded in 1889, the YMCA of WNC engages more than 100,000 people – regardless of age, income or experience – to empower youth to reach their full potential, enhance individual and community well-being, and give back and inspire action in the community. It does this through seven YMCAs, dozens of program sites, and the YMCA Camp Watia. As the state’s largest provider of licensed school-age day care, it offers more than 1,000 children a day the opportunity to learn, grow and develop. For more information please visit ymcawnc.org.

Paula Fonseca