• YMCA Logo 2nd Grade Swim Initiative at the YMCA of Bucks County-Doylestown

    Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for children under fourteen. The YMCA of Bucks County believes that all children should know how to swim and be safe in and around water. For this reason, the Y offers a 2nd Grade Water Safety Program.

    Second grade is an ideal time for young people to take on new challenges, learn more skills and enhance their feelings of mastery and competence. Through the 2nd Grade Swim Initiative, the YMCA seeks to offer children lessons in swimming skills and water safety that will keep them safe and build physical and social skills.  Research shows that if a child doesn’t learn to swim by the third grade, chances are he or she never will.

    In 2015, the YMCA transitioned their “Learning to Swim” program to become more focused on water safety skills creating a new “Safety Around Water” program.  The skills taught in this program include submerging, back floating, rolling over from back to front, front floating, and treading.  In the event of a water emergency, being capable of performing these skills can help keep a child safe until help arrives.  The primary goal of the 2nd Grade Swim Initiative is to educate all second graders how to be safe in and around water.  To accomplish this goal, second graders will be evaluated for the skills taught in the YMCA’s Safety Around Water curriculum.  If a child cannot perform one or more than one of these skills, they will qualify for 6 free Water Safety Lessons at the YMCA.  

    All children who qualify for these lessons will also receive a free youth membership for the duration of the program to encourage families to help support their children and practice the skills learned during the lessons.  

    Evaluations for the 2020 effort will be held at the YMCA in Doylestown at the following times:

    • Saturday, March 28 11:45am or 12:15pm
    • Sunday, March 29 12pm or 12:30pm
    • Saturday, April 4 11:45am or 12:15pm
    • Sunday, April 5 12pm or 12:30pm

    Registration for an evaluation time can be done online at www.ymcabucks.org or at the Welcome Center from March 1-21, 2020.

    If your child qualifies, lessons will be offered May 2-June 6 at the same times.  Registration for lessons can be done after evaluations for those that qualify.

    Contact Becky Connor at the YMCA for more information: Call 215-348-8131 x1159 or send email to bconnor@ymcabucks.org

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