With May being National Water Safety Month, Erie residents between the ages of 6 and 17 are invited to come and swim as part of the Brian Lee Crosby Memorial learn how to swim program.
Sponsored by the City of Erie and Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, children between the aforementioned ages can take swimming lessons from certified YMCA swim instructors who will help your child’s ability and boost their confidence.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10 people die per day due to unintentional drowning; of these cases, two are children aged 14 or younger. In the United States alone, unintentional drowning is the fifth largest cause of death.
From 2005-2014, an average of 3,536 individuals drowned in non-boating situations annually in the United States according to the CDC. That comes to about 10 deaths per day.
The YMCA’s mission is to serve and better the health of those in the community. This program offers a pathway for children to learn a lifelong skill that will lead to a happier, healthier existence.
Lessons will be held three times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for two weeks for a total of six, 30-minute lessons per session at Strong Vincent Middle and East Middle Schools.
June 21st is the date for the second session registration; the second session will run from June 28th to July 9th. Session three registration will be July 5th with the session itself running from July 12th to the 23rd. Finally, the fourth and final registration date for the fourth session is July 19th with that session going from July 26th to August 6th.
Lessons will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Parents or guardians are solely responsible for registration, attendance, and transportation needs. Bathing suits are required to participate.
Class size is limited, and advanced registration is required.
To register your child, call the Downtown Y at (814) 452-3261.