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YMCA Safety Around Water with Rowdy Gaines

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YMCA Supports Water Safety with Swim Lessons

The YMCA of Central Florida offered complimentary swim lessons for local children through its Safety Around Water event in an effort to decrease the number of preventable drowning deaths in the state of Florida.

In the state of Florida, the leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1-14 is drowning. To combat this scary statistic, the YMCA of Central Florida offered 10,000 complimentary swim lessons to children ages 4-12 through its Safety Around Water event.

On April 25, the YMCA kicked off swim lessons at 20 neighborhood YMCA family centers across Orange, Osceola, Brevard, Seminole, Lake and Marion counties. Each registered child will attend a 30-minute swim lesson each day through April 28. Certified swim instructors from the YMCA teach these introductory lessons, which include basic stroke development, personal safety lessons and critical water survival skills.

Gaines, a three-time Olympic gold medal swimmer and vice president of aquatics for the YMCA, says water safety is crucial. “Each year, the number of Florida children who die from drowning is enough to fill three to four preschool classrooms,” he says. “Among African-American and Hispanic children, the risk of drowning is even higher and for every child who drowns, many more suffer a permanent disability. Yet the tragedy of drowning is largely preventable when children learn basic water safety techniques.”

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