Drowning is the leading cause of death in the world today; however, research from the World Health Organization shows that participation in formal water safety and swim lessons can reduce the risk of drowning, particularly for kids. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates high self-esteem. To ensure the development of aquatic skills among kids, the YMCA offers 6 reasons why every kid should learn to swim:

1 — For safety. Learn how to be safe in and around the water.

2 — For rescue skills. As kids progress through the swim lesson levels, they learn how to safely assist others in emergency situations.

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3 — For fun. Kids love the water, and there is nothing more fun than playing games, sports, and making new friends in the pool.

4 — For life. Develop a lifelong love of swimming, and activity that brings enjoyment and health benefits long after they complete their last swim lesson.

5 — For confidence. Build confidence when they overcome challenges, from their first kicks across the pool to swimming laps.

6 — For health. Kids get exercise while developing skills, coordination, and endurance.

The Westfield Area YMCA offers weekly swim lessons year-round for all ages, levels and abilities. Register now at the Welcome Center or at www.westfieldynj.org. To learn more, or for your free swim level assessment, contact Rob Faggiano, Aquatics Director, at 908-301-9622 x276 or Sharon London, Assistant Aquatics Director, at 908-301-9622 x253. 

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Financial assistance for YMCA programs and memberships is available for those who qualify.