Swimming lessons are fun for children and adults alike, but they also have life-saving value. Today, Countryside YMCA looks at how swim lessons can save lives.

Young boy at a swimming lesson

For parents, nothing is more important than knowing your child is safe when swimming during the summer months. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children ages 1 to 4. It is the second leading cause of accidental death for children ages 5 to 14. The best way to prevent these tragedies is for parents to be proactive with water supervision and for young children to learn how to swim. In today’s blog post, Countryside YMCA explains the life-saving value of swimming lessons.

Why Children Need to Know How to Swim

As a parent, an accident at the pool or lake is your worst nightmare. The only way to truly prevent these accidents is to acknowledge the risk and take the right steps to protect your family. When that is your perspective, the necessity of learning how to be safe around water becomes a priority. It’s a multi-layer approach combining parental supervision, lifeguarded pools, and swim lessons. This approach will improve the safety of water activities.

All children need to know how to swim and should be enrolled in age appropriate swim skill lessons. Combining parental supervision and swim lessons are two ways to reduce the risk of accidental drowning.  

Why Are Swimming Lessons Beneficial?

Many of you reading this might be wondering what the benefit is to swim lessons when you could just teach your children on your own. While you are certainly able to teach your child to swim on your own, it will take more time and it won’t be as thorough. With swim lessons, your child will receive professional swim training, giving them techniques they can utilize if they are in a hazardous situation. When someone learns to swim on their own or with a parent, they won’t benefit from professional teaching and techniques in a safe and secure environment.

Contact Countryside YMCA for Swim Lessons

If you have a young child and you want to keep them safe from water hazards, Countryside YMCA can help with swim lessons. For more information on the lessons we offer, give us a call at (513) 932-1424 or schedule a lesson online today.