SWIM ACCESS - SAFETY AROUND WATER
The YMCA of Greater Louisville's Swim Access - Safety Around Water Program is designed to provide access to pools and basic swimming skills and water safety for children who do not have access to swim lessons.
FAST FACTS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SWIMMING SKILLS
- Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death in boys ages 1-4 and the second-leading cause for girls ages 1-4
- 88 percent of youth drowning incidents occur under adult supervision
- 40 percent of youth drowning incidents occur within 6.5 feet of safety
- 60 percent of youth drowning incidents occur within 10 feet of safety
SWIM ACCESS - SAFETY AROUND WATER PROGRAM CURRICULUM
The YMCA of Greater Louisville's Swim Access - Safety Around Program's curriculum is designed to teach children the basic skills necessary to swim 10 feet back to safety. The following skills are assessed:
- Putting face in water
- Submerging head
- Jump in, turn and grab wall without assistance or flotation
- Swim at least 5 feet without flotation
- Back float
SWIM ACCESS - SAFETY AROUND WATER PROGRAM RESULTS
In 2018, we served over 1000 youth ages 3-14 who had no swimming skills and many of whom had never been in a pool. We partnered with Central and Shawnee High Schools as well as facilities in Berrytown, Bullitt County, and Oldham County.
Of these 1076 children served, we have first and last day skill data on 731 of them.
- 100 percent of those who attended at least 5 classes showed an increase in their swimming skills
- 48 percent of those who participated were able to jump in and swim at least 5 feet unassisted and without flotation.