PHOENIX — The Valley of the Sun YMCA is offering 2,000 free swimming lessons this month.
The first 2,000 people to register at YMCA pools the weeks of May 13-23 will get a free two-week swim lesson.
It’s part of the Y’s Safety Around Water program, “which is designed to teach non-swimmers survival skills and engage and educate parents about the importance of water safety skills and provide more of America's youth access to water safety lessons.”
The YMCA says in the last three years, in Maricopa and Pinal counties, 51 kids under 12 years old were involved in deadly water-related incidents. They also say drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for kids 1 to 4 years old, and second leading cause of accidental death for kids ages 5 to 14.
All non-swimmers are encouraged to sign up for this free swim lesson session, as registration is first come, first serve.
Registrations are accepted in person at all local YMCA branches with pools.
Find your nearest YMCA location here.