As a leader in swim education, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee teaches more than 4,000 children and adults to swim each year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that drowning is one of the top three causes of unintentional injury death for people 29 and younger, and for African-American children aged 5 to 19, the drowning rate is five times that of white children. Nationally, 70% of African-American children, 58% of Hispanic children and 40% of white children have little or no swimming ability and are at risk of water-related injury or death.
The Y’s partnership with the Milwaukee County Parks has brought drowning prevention education out into the communities that need it most, in an effort to help reverse these preventable and troubling trends. Since the beginning of the program in 2015, the Safety Around Water program has taught more than 3,500 participants vital life-saving skills.
Now entering it’s fourth summer, the Safety Around Water program is an introductory class geared toward non-swimmers to learn basic swim skills and water safety, including how to recognize dangerous situations when in and around water environments. Lessons are available for children ages 6 and above, as well as non-swimming adults. Swim lessons will be taught in age-appropriate groups to ensure optimal skill and safety outcomes.
Eight swim lessons for the discounted price of $5 per child or $10 per family. Scholarships also will be available as part of the Safety Around Water program.
- Lincoln Park – 1301 W. Hampton Ave Milwaukee, WI
- Jackson Park* – 3500 W. Forest Home Ave Milwaukee, WI
- Washington Park* – 1859 N. 40 St. Milwaukee, WI
- Northwest YMCA – 9050 N. Swan Road Milwaukee, WI
* No public lessons offered
To view Safety Around Water swim lesson dates, days and times, please click here to access the summer 2019 schedule.