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YMCAs in Tampa Bay Offering Free Safety Around Water Lessons

Tampa Bay, FL (July 8, 2020) – The YMCAs of the Tampa Bay area and Florida Blue Foundation are resuming free Safety Around Water lessons this fall. Thanks to a generous grant from the Florida Blue Foundation, during the week of Aug. 3-6, Tampa Bay area children can receive free water safety lessons at the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, YMCA of the Suncoast and YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg.

Thanks to the generosity of the Florida Blue Foundation, the program is free and open to all beginners and non-swimmers, 3-12-year-old, in the Tampa Bay community. During the 4-day course, certified instructors teach kids a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water. Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel. A YMCA membership is not required; however, due to limited space, pre-registration is required at participating Ys.

As with all YMCA programs and services, the Y follows guidance from the CDC and government officials to create a safer environment and ensure the highest standards of cleanliness and appropriate accommodations for social distancing.

In 2019, the collaborative Safety Around Water effort taught nearly 8,000 kids water safety lessons. This year’s grant expands the Y’s Safety Around Water program to nearly 30 Y locations in the Tampa Bay area. Other participating Y associations include the Manatee Family YMCA and SKY Family YMCA. Contact your local Y for more specific locations and schedules.

Related: YMCA Swim Lessons for Every Age and Stage, including FREE Swim Lessons

Related: 10 Tips for Water Safety and 5 Myths About Drowning

Here’s a helpful guide from the YMCA on what type of swim lesson may be best for your child:

YMCA SWIM LESSONS STAGES

Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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