The Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA is a Registered Host Site for Global World’s Largest Swimming Lesson Event

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The YMCA is proud to be a host site for the World’s Largest Swimming Lesson 2018! 

On June 21, 2018, the lesson will begin promptly at 11:00am at the Blossman Family Branch YMCA on Government St.  Registration begins June 11 through 10:00am on June 21, the day of the lesson.  The lesson will be limited to the first 30 registrants, so register soon!  Ideal age for participants is from 7 to 16 years old.  

The cost?  $1!! 

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The purpose of the lesson? To provide kids and parents exposure to life-saving water safety skills and build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. Program organizers are working to connect the dots between the real risk of childhood drowning and the need for basic water competency skills and crucial parental supervision to keep kids safe in and around the water. Research shows:

  • The problem is life threatening for children: Per the CDC, drowning remains the leading cause of injury related death for. children ages 1-4, and the second leading cause for children under 14. Internationally, the World Health Organization estimates drowning is one of the top five causes of death for people aged 1-14 in 48 of the 85 countries it monitors.
  • Many lack basic swimming skills: In 2014, a survey completed by the American Red Cross found more than half of all Americans (54 percent) either can’t swim or don’t have all of the basic swimming skills.
  • Parents don’t recognize supervision is key: According to a 2016 Safe Kids Worldwide report, despite the fact that lack of supervision played a role in the majority of drowning deaths, less than half of parents (49 percent) indicate they remain within arms’ reach of their child in the water.

More than 41,000 swimmers in 27 countries on six continents participated in 2017. Each location and tens of thousands of participants help spread the Swimming Lessons Save Lives™ message each year.

For more information, please contact Michele Cateson, Aquatics Director, Mississippi Gulf Coast YMCA, at [email protected] or 228-875-5050.

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