Every day, there are nearly 10 accidental drownings in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That’s 3,500 people every year who die in water. Within these numbers is a startling fact: the fatal-drowning rate of Black/African-American children is three times higher than white children. Formal swim lessons have proven to reduce the risk of drowning by 88%. The South Sound YMCA is committed to removing barriers that limit all people from developing their full potential and that includes being safe around water.
swim lessons were taught at the Y
provided in direct financial assistance for water safety
You keep kids alive by funding life-saving safety skills. The Y teaches over 5,500 swim lessons each year and with your support, we don’t have to turn a family away if they’re unable to pay.