MILWAUKEE -- According to the CDC, every day 10 people die from drowning and two of those people are kids under the age of 14. But here in Milwaukee, kids this summer are getting a crash course on staying safe in the water -- and yours can too for just $5.
The Milwaukee YMCA is offering swim lessons in five Milwaukee County parks that are geared toward non-swimmers to learn basic swim skills and water safety, including how to recognize dangerous situations when in and around water environments.
"We will never make you put your face in the water. We will never force you to do anything you don`t want to do," said Peggy Loomis, aquatics specialist at YMCA.
The classes help build confidence, but also teach kids not to be over-confident.
These kids are taught exactly what to do if somebody is in distress in the water. The first thing is to call for help. The second thing is to reach for them. The third is to throw something at them, but never get in the water by yourself.
Lessons are available for children ages six and above, as well as non-swimming adults. Swim lessons will be taught in age-appropriate groups to ensure optimal skill and safety outcomes.
Sessions are $5 per individual or $10 per family and much of the costs of these lessons will be covered by community donations. No family will be turned away due to a lack of financial resources.
- Children ages 6-8 years old and 9-12 years old – lessons take place Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00-10:45 a.m. and from 11:00-11:45 a.m.
- Children 13 and older – lessons take place Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:00-11:45 a.m.
- Individuals age 21 and older – lessons take place Saturdays from 11:00-11:45 a.m.