The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas is trying to teach more children how to swim through its Make a Splash program. Now in its sixth year, the program has partnered with 150 apartment communities across Dallas and Collin counties to offer kids free lessons and a peace of mind for parents.
“We teach them to go under water and open their eyes and most importantly, we teach them to jump into deep water and push off the bottom and reach for the wall,” said Jennifer Pewitt, the YMCA’s Associate Vice President of Aquatics. “Drowning is a silent and it takes as little as twenty seconds for your child to be on the bottom of the pool and if you’re not a swimmer, at that point, what do you do?”
Alicia Quiterio has two children in the program. Her 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter have been to several sessions. Alicia can’t swim, but she’s determined to teach her kids.
“It’s more important that my children have to know,” she said. “They want to learn how to swim.”
And without the YMCA’s program, Quiterio admits she couldn’t afford lessons.
“They are too expensive. We don’t have too much money,” she said.
Click here for more information on the Make a Splash program.