For the third summer, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth is collaborating with Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition to offer low to no-cost drowning prevention classes for children and families. The Westside YMCA and E. R. Van Zandt Southwest YMCAs will host classes this summer for the volunteer-driven organization. As a founding member of the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, the YMCA has offered its pools each year for this vital initiative, which teaches non-swimmers to be safer in the water, and has transitioned many of the youth into YMCA swim lessons after the class, provided through grant funding.
Texas often leads the nation in pool and spa drownings and Tarrant County has consistently ranked in the top five counties for pediatric drownings in Texas. In 2012, the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition was formed to stem the tide of drownings with the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth as a founding member.