Why Should I Sign My Child Up For Swim Lessons?
By Topher Wilkinson, Sherman Lake YMCA Aquatics Director
Why? Because we are surrounded by water!
Living here in Michigan you are never more than five miles from a natural body of water be it a lake, pond, stream or river, so your chances of being in an aquatic related emergency is much higher. Everyone should have basic swim and rescue skills so they can help in an emergency. You do not need to be an Olympic athlete. Everyone can benefit from learning some form of basic swim skills. With more people educated about the risks of aquatic environments hopefully we can reduce the number of accidental deaths due to drowning.
The danger of water accidents is very real according to the Centers for Disease Control:
• Drowning is the third leading cause of death from unintentional injury worldwide averaging nearly 4,000 deaths per year in the United States.
• Since 2005, unintentional drowning has replaced motor vehicle traffic incidents as the leading cause of death from unintentional injury for boys aged 1–4 years.
• From 1999 through 2010, a total of 46,419 deaths from unintentional drowning (including boating) occurred in the United States>
• Drowning occurred most often in a bath tub for persons under 1 year of age and for adults aged 85 and over, in a swimming pool for children aged 1–4 years, and in natural water for persons aged 5–84 years.
Like most things in life it is best to start early, so Sherman Lake YMCA offers classes for children starting at six months old. Teaching children to respect the water and follow a set of rules, such as always wear a personal flotation devise or P.F.D., can drastically decrease their chances of drowning. The Sherman Lake YMCA offers courses ranging from; parent child classes, preschool level, school aged and even adult learn to swim programs. We also offer the opportunity to advance those skills through our basic water rescue course or lifeguard training program, we have something for everyone.
Sherman Lake YMCA is committed to helping individuals and families learn to swim and enjoy water activities in a safe manner. By enrolling yourself, your child or the whole family in some form of water safety education course at Sherman Lake YMCA you will not only learn how to stay safe around aquatic environments you can learn to get more enjoyment from everything they have to offer. From wadding in the lake to white water rafting there is something for everyone when it comes to aquatic sports.
Sherman Lake YMCA offers group and individual lessons for children and adults.