To continue to help prevent childhood drowning, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is offering Safety Around Water lessons between March 13 and 16 to coincide with Hillsborough County Public Schools' spring break.
This annual program comes on the heels of new data which showed the drowning rate among children in Hillsborough County, ages 0 to 6, was reduced by 50 percent in 2016.
Safety Around Water will be open to beginners and non-swimmers, ages 3 to 12 years.
During the free four-day course, certified instructors will teach children a sequenced set of skills that will reduce the risk of drowning and give them confidence in and around water.
A typical session includes exercises to help kids adjust to being in water and instruction in "jump, push, turn, grab" and "swim, float, swim," two skill sets they can use if they unexpectedly find themselves in the water.
Kids will also learn what to do if they see someone in the water who needs help.
YMCA membership is not required; however, pre-registration is required due to limited space.
Participants must be present on the first day of class and bring their own swimsuit and towel.
Times vary based on location. For locations and more information, visit ymca.net.