The Y Receives Safety Around Water Grant to Teach Over 100 Kids to Swim

This summer the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA will be providing free swimming lessons to more than 100 Siouxland children who may not otherwise have an opportunity to access aquatics safety classes. These lessons are being offered thanks to a grant from Y-USA.

The Y will be partnering with targeted age groups at Girls Inc. of Sioux City and Camp Imagination’s summer programs to provide lessons to elementary school kids.

With swim season here, the Y encourages all children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, all while keeping safe in and around the water, no matter if it’s a backyard pool or large lake. Swim lessons at the Y help kids learn and refine skills, meet new friends, develop confidence and learn important water safety skills that can save lives.

“Swimming is a fun activity for children and adults alike, plus an easy way to stay physically active,” said Morgan Knuppel, Y Sports & Recreation Coordinator. “It’s a life-long skill that everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or skill. It is never too late to learn how to swim.”

A pioneer in swimming programs, the Y offers lifeguard training, water exercise and aerobics classes, family swim time and swim lessons. The first ever group swim lessons began as an initiative in 1909 at the Detroit YMCA.

Knuppel continued, “Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional death for children under 14 years old. That’s why we’re committed to providing as many opportunities as possible – especially for kids from underserved communities – to teach water safety.”

The Y’s free lessons will run from June 3 – July 29.