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My Kids Do This Every Spring to Create a Safer Summer

Now that spring is here, I'm already making summer plans for my family. Between sending my kids to camp, taking a beach vacation and going on outdoor adventures around Charlotte, I noticed that all of these activities involved being in or around water.

Every summer, I hear terrible news stories about kids who get injured or worse in local pools, lakes and rivers. Many of these incidents even occur under parent supervision. That's why, even though my children already know how to swim, I register them for swim lessons every spring.

Lessons aren't just for first-time swimmers – there are programs in Charlotte that go well beyond basic skills. As my child becomes an even stronger swimmer, I gain extra reassurance that they're safe.

I Trust the YMCA With My Children's Swim Lessons

From introductory classes for infants to advanced lessons for teens, I'm truly impressed with the range of options that Charlotte-area YMCAs offer:

  • Swim Starters: You are encouraged to get in the pool with your infant or toddler and help them increase their comfort in the water. They'll develop key swim readiness skills while you learn about water safety and the importance of supervision.
  • Swim Basics: Taught in three stages, your child will learn what to do when underwater, how to exit a pool safely, how to change direction in water and develop rhythmic breathing while swimming longer distances.
  • Swim Strokes: If your child has already mastered the basics, this three-stage progression will refine their technique for all competitive swim strokes, including front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke kick and butterfly kick.

Warning: Lessons at the Y Fill Fast

I always make sure I register in February. Thousands of kids in the Charlotte area go to their local YMCA each spring for lessons, so you'll need to act soon to make sure your child is one of them. See available swim lessons at the YMCA.

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