Programs offer a mix of fun, physical activity and safety to create a lifelong love of swimming.
[PORT ROYAL, SC] – As the season turns from winter to spring, the Wardle Family YMCA encourages children and parents in the Lowcountry to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In Y 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 not only a fun, healthy activity, but an important life skill for all children,” said Lou Bergen, Aquatics Director, Wardle Family YMCA. “Learning basic water safety skills is a great introduction to the world of swimming that often continues with swim lessons and competitive swim programs, and can even lead to a career.”
As part of National Water Safety Month in May, the Wardle Family Y encourages parents to take an active role in fostering a relationship between their children and swimming—beginning with water 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. Learn more here.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety locally for more than 22 years. The Wardle Family Y continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including group swim lessons (by age), private swim lessons, BYAC Tiger Sharks swim team, water aerobics and even SCUBA lessons.
To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available to those in need. In 2017, The Y taught over 1500 swim lessons with well over half at no cost. The Wardle Family YMCA raises funds for swim lesson scholarship assistance through its Learn To Swim Program which is funded by donations and the annual Beaufort River Swim. The 12th Annual Beaufort River Swim is Saturday, May 19, 2018. beaufortriverswim.com
To learn more about the Wardle Family YMCA’s swim programs, Beaufort River Swim or to make a donation, please contact Lou Bergen at 843.522.9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.