YMCA’s Swim Lessons Put The Focus On Drowning Prevention

The YMCA of the Palm Beaches combines fun and safety in its swim classes available all year round. In 2013, there were 44 drowning deaths in Palm Beach County. The YMCA is committed to helping lower that number through swim lessons for adults and children offered at the Edwin W. Brown Family YMCA Aquatic Center in West Palm Beach.

Classes are given in the YMCA’s indoor pool and are open to the public, with YMCA members receiving a discount. Youth lessons are separated into lesson groups by age and ability. The “shrimp” lesson group is for tots up to 36 months old and their parents, to help familiarize the child with the water and create positive first experiences. More advanced youth swimmers participate in the “minnow” group, which is for intermediate level swimmers ages 6 and up, to encourage endurance building, stroke development and comprehensive safety skills. Adult lessons for beginning swimmers age 14 and up, and private lessons for all ages are also available.

The YMCA also hosts the YMCA Waves Swim Team and water fitness classes. For a schedule of classes, visit www.ymcapalmbeaches.org/aquatics or call Aquatics Manager Amy Martin at (561) 968-9622.