The YMCA hosts swimming lessons year round.
The YMCA hosts swimming lessons year round.

According to the CDC, every day about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the United States.

One in five people who die from drowning are 14 and younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another 5 receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. From there, more than 50 percent of drowning victims treated in emergency departments require hospitalization or transfer for further care. These nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of basic functioning (vegetative state).

Research has found there are many tips you can use to provide safe swimming for your family. Having swimming skills help. Taking part in formal swimming lessons reduces the risk of drowning among children ages 1 to 4 years old. However, even when children have had formal swimming lessons, constant, careful supervision when children are in the water is still important.


Seconds count-learn CPR. CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims. The more quickly CPR is started, the better chance of improved outcomes. Life jackets can reduce risk. Potentially, half of all boating deaths might be prevented with the use of life jackets.

Air-filled or foam toys are not safety devices. Air-filled or foam toys, such as “water wings,” “noodles,” or inner-tubes, are not a replacement for life jackets. These are designed as toys, not safety devices. There are many benefits to swimming and safety is something that should not be taken too lightly.

The YMCA hosts swimming lessons year round with the most current mini session beginning June 3 –June 12. The Y also offers private lessons for children and adults who are interested in learning to swim in a confidential setting. All of our swim and private lessons are taught by Red Cross Certified instructors with over 120 years of combined experience.

To register please call the YMCA at (419) 238-0443, stop at the front desk or online at www.vwymca.org.