Free swimming lessons for low income ABQ kids

Posted at: 05/15/2013 8:22 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The CDC says that as pool season starts up, it’s important to remember that kids headed to swim are ready and safe.

Drowning is the second-leading cause of death for kids under age 14, and for kids under age 4, 30 percent who died of an unintentional injury died from drowning. The CDC says swimming lessons greatly reduce that risk.

For some low-income and minority children, swimming lessons can be tough to access, so through a grant, the McLeod YMCA at Comanche and Tramway will provide free classes for 220 kids. They’re specifically for those groups of kids.

“Those are areas that might not have had the chance to swim in the past and we want them safe in the water,” YMCA director Marc Lewis said.

People should stop by the McLeod YMCA on May 17 to sign up. The lessons start June 3, and there are several different class-time options.

It’s a way to make summer fun for kids and more stress-free for parents.

"It becomes a non-issue when you know that your child is safe in the water and drowning is something no parent ever wants to half to deal with,” swimming instructor Audra Powers said.