Posted on 05/06/2019 at 03:30 PM by YMCA of Greater Des Moines
The world is 71% water … are your children 100% prepared?
With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, now is a great time for parents to equip children with essential water safety skills. Here are four ways you and your children can be safer swimmers this month, and every month.
Safety Around Water is a YMCA program that provides basic water safety instruction to kids from lower-income neighborhoods, who often lack access to pools and swim lessons. One of our Safety Around Water instructors shared this moving story about a child who is no longer terrified of water:
“A fifth-grade student was attending our Safety Around Water program. Day one is our pretest day. She eagerly got into the water and was not exhibiting any fear. She was also able to blow bubbles easily; however, when it was time to do bobs, she began to cry. She did not want to leave the wall, even when we were holding onto her. This was surprising as she seemed comfortable with getting into the water. She later told us that she nearly drowned as a little girl and was terrified to put her head under water.
Each week, we patiently worked with her as we progressed through our lesson plans. We could tell she was gradually becoming less fearful and more confident in herself. She would practice putting her head in the water as she held onto the wall. She made great progress. By the end of our last session, she was able to swim on her own with barely anyone holding onto her!
Her mother shared with us how excited she was to tell her what she had accomplished on the last day of her lessons. She improved so much, and we were all so excited about the progress she made. She will be coming back for more lessons, and it will be wonderful to see her grow into an even more confident swimmer!”