Safety in and around water is essential for all of our children, but a disproportionate number of minority children drown each year. At the Y, we believe that safe swimming saves lives and that all children should be equipped with the skills to help them safely enjoy the water. Our Safety Around Water program is one of the many ways we help make time in and around the water fun and safe.
Often children are left unsupervised in apartment complexes around swimming pools. Research shows a high population of immigrant families in Dallas living in these complexes with children who do not know how to swim. Using apartment community pools, our staff actively engage and teach children from area complexes to swim at NO COST.
SAFETY AROUND WATER - APARTMENT SWIM OUTCOMES
- Over 140 unique locations have been served since 2017
- 8,563 Served since 2017
- 24,417 Served since 2011
- 64% of participants showed improvement in their swimming skills
- 81% of participants who attended at least four lessons improved their swimming skills
You can really tell the impact that the swim lessons have on the kids. I remember one day I was visiting a friend at an apartment complex that I had taught lessons at before and as we were walking by the apartment pool I saw one of my previous students teaching his little sister the same skills I taught him at Safety Around Water. I was so amazed on what I saw and realized that what I can teach them in 30-minute lessons can go so far.
- Tyler Shannon, a lifeguard for Safety Around Water