The Stokes Family encourages children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y’s swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.
“Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it’s an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina,” said Chris Chunn, Aquatics Director for the Stokes Family YMCA. “The YMCA is committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and learn water safety practices.”
The Y encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:
* Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
* Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
* Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
* Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm’s reach.
* Children and adults should not engage in breath holding activities.
In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation, and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.
The Stokes Family YMCA also encourages individuals to participate in Lifeguard Certification Classes. Class participants learn life-saving rescue skills for an aquatic environment. Once a participant takes the classes and passes the skills and written test, they will be certified as a YMCA Lifeguard for 2 years.
To learn more about swim lessons, visit ymcanwnc.org/swim-lessons or contact the Stokes Family YMCA at 336 985 9622.